A Dutch tourist who fell off the World’s End in Nuwara Eliya was rescued this morning, Air Force Spokesman said.
He said a helicopter was deployed at the scene to airlift the tourist to the Nuwara Eliya Base Hospital.
The victim had survived as he had been reportedly hanging off a cliff at the time he was rescued.
Initial police investigation revealed that the Dutch national on honeymoon tour in Sri Lanka with his newly-wedded wife, accidentally fell off from the World’s End in Horton Plains while on tour in the area.
Corporal Sudesh Nalinda of the Army went down along the precipice with the help of a rope, and managed to remove and lift the victim from the deep bottom while hanging on to the rope which was supported by the troops outside the cliff at the Horton Plains, the army said.
As a result, the life of Mr. Mathalin (35) was saved and he was carried on shoulders of the troops and was admitted to the Nuwara Eliya Base Hospital. His wife, Linda (31), who is a social worker in the Netherlands accompanied him to the hospital.
Hospital sources confirmed the victim is in critical condition but all attempts are being made to save his life.
Comments - 28
dilip Sunday, 22 February 2015 02:49 AM
This morning it was a Chines ,in the afternoon a dutch, in the evening a foreigner. With all these we are suppose to believe that, it was three people.
leema Saturday, 21 February 2015 03:58 PM
@ christian quintus. unfortunately, sl is full of idiots like you!
sk Saturday, 21 February 2015 04:07 PM
Cedric Van Sunday, 22 February 2015 04:14 AM
We should thank the army for their excellent work. The put their lives at risk to save a tourist and we should all thank them.
chucko Sunday, 22 February 2015 06:00 PM
No brain (tourist)...
zuh Sunday, 22 February 2015 08:06 AM
well done copral lalinda who rescued the foreigner via DM Android App
lawry Saturday, 21 February 2015 05:15 PM
Than God he did not die. A sensational story that will make other tourists want to go there. Better safety measures are to be taken.
gamini Sunday, 22 February 2015 09:50 AM
Saving a life is always a good cause of action. We must appreciate all who supported in this and the God! I am proud as a Sri lankan for saving a dutchman. Please be careful when visiting places like this in future.
rimzan Sunday, 22 February 2015 09:58 AM
he is never forget his life!
Aba Jayasekera Saturday, 21 February 2015 06:12 PM
Very good deed. Like the rescue of Helmut Kohl during the Boxing Day tsunami
Wijesekara Sunday, 22 February 2015 06:35 PM
Thumbs up for the emergency services. Hope the tourist is ok. On a separate not what would be ideal here is something like the SKYWALK they have over at the grand canyon in USA. Google it.
Marie Sunday, 22 February 2015 11:46 AM
Linda, hope your husband will recover soon. f
Kishore Sunday, 22 February 2015 12:02 PM
Also I visited these places but lack of warning signs. Gov should consider the safety human being.
S.Sriranjan Sunday, 22 February 2015 07:05 PM
Congrats SL Army! Saved Not only the Foreigner but also the Pride of Srilanka!!
Cobra Sunday, 22 February 2015 07:07 PM
Thank God it was not the end of the world for him!
AmolaG Sunday, 22 February 2015 07:08 PM
Like what what happen to RAJAPAKSE family.
Poltergeist Saturday, 21 February 2015 07:10 PM
The Legend of the Flying Dutchman!
christian quintus Saturday, 21 February 2015 01:51 PM
OMG. ......MR and NR must go and see him ...???? After all a China man ...
SL in KSA Saturday, 21 February 2015 07:16 PM
Be a little more considerate, put yourself in that mans place how would you feel? a China man???
Veritas Sunday, 22 February 2015 12:40 PM
"even if a foreigner"! You suggest that foreign lives are less valuable than Sri Lankan lives? Probably not, but that is what one can infer from your words.
Yuri Saturday, 21 February 2015 01:52 PM
firebot995 Saturday, 21 February 2015 07:22 PM
thank god he is alive via DM Android App
Hema Saturday, 21 February 2015 01:55 PM
Be a sensitive human!
ruka Sunday, 22 February 2015 01:55 PM
Another great job by SL Army..But as i remember current government said they are not going to use Army for civil activities...Have they changed their policy now..?
jim K Saturday, 21 February 2015 09:16 PM
Dutch or Chines???
common sense Saturday, 21 February 2015 10:46 PM
Your lack of geography knowledge is appalling
shek Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:46 PM
great work soldiers. worlds end watch bay needs a fence. via DM Android App
Fair N Square Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:49 PM
Hats off to the brave soldier who risked his life to save another life even if its a foreigner...Wonder if he was already depressed after the "honrymoon"..
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