Nova Scotia

17-year-old falls from cliff near Meat Cove

A 17-year-old female is in serious condition after falling from a cliff near Meat Cove in Cape Breton.
A 17-year-old female is the second person in recent weeks to fall from a cliff at Meat Cove in Cape Breton, N.S. (CBC)

A 17-year-old female is in serious condition after falling from a cliff in the community of Meat Cove in Cape Breton.

At about 2:00 a.m. Sunday, the girl was seen leaving a gathering on an all-terrain vehicle in the area of Cape St. Lawrence.

She was riding the ATV when it plunged about 18 metres to the bottom of the cliffs . She was located around 7:46 a.m, according to RCMP.

"It was a little bit of an ordeal to try and get at her," said Cpl. Scott MacRae.

When rescuers reached her at about 10 a.m., she was conscious but in serious condition.

"With the great help of local community people, we managed to get a boat, get the girl off the rocks and she was taken to the Bay St. Lawrence wharf where subsequently she was transported by EHS to a doctor in Neil's Harbour."

She was then taken to Cape Breton Regional Hospital, still in serious condition after being assessed, according to EHS.

She was the second person to fall from the cliffs in recent weeks.

Last month, a 64-year-old man from Bedford plummeted to his death, sparking calls for barricades to protect visitors' safety.