Woman falls from cliff after texting while walking

Maria Pestrikoff  
By: Shifra Unger 

A woman who was preoccupied with texting while walking fell off a 60 foot cliff and was severely injured, according to reports in the news media.

Emergency crews in Kodiak say they had to overcome the challenges of a cliff and an incoming tide to rescue the woman who fell 60 feet down on rocks. Maria Pestrikoff survived the fall and is recovering in a hospital in Anchorage. The local newspaper reported that she slipped while she was while texting on her phone while she tried to throw a cigarette butt off the edge of the cliff.

Her friend Anthony Burke heard her screams from the rocks below and called emergency services. Firefighters from the Bayside and Kodiak fire departments rushed to the scene of the accident. Pestrikoff was only 10 feet from the incoming tide. She was placed on a stretcher and driven off the cliff by an ambulance.

Anthony Burke, a friend, wrote in the newspaper, "Lesson learned, do not leave the door open, no texting or smoking cigarettes on a slippery cliff with a long fall down to the rocks."