Sri Lankan troops rescued a Dutch honeymooner who became the first person to survive a fall from the World's End, a 4000-foot cliff that is one of the country's main tourist attractions, the military said on 21-02-2015 today.
The 35-year-old man had taken a few steps back to take pictures of his new bride when he flew off the unprotected cliff, army spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said.
"He was extremely lucky because he fell on top of a tree about 130 feet from the top," Jayaweera told AFP. "He is the first person to survive a fall from World's End."
Troops used ropes to reach the man and winch him to safety. Some 40 soldiers were involved in the initial rescue which was later backed by a military helicopter.