Heartstopping moment teenager, 15, plummets 20 metres down a cliff

Terrifying moment a teenager, 15, plummets 20 metres down a cliff while trying to get a better look at a herd of GOATS – before his friend saved his life with a clever phone hack

  • Nathan Datson hiking up the cliff at Bells Rapid, northeast of Perth on July 19 
  • The 15-year-old was following some goats when he slipped and lost his balance
  • He fractured his skull and broke his wrist and elbow in the horrific fall  

A teenager is lucky to be alive after plummeting 20 metres down a cliff and splitting his head open.

Nathan Datson, 15, was hiking up the cliff at Bells Rapid, northeast of Perth, on July 19  and was trying to get a better look at a herd of goats when he suddenly slipped and lost balance. 

Drone footage captured the moment the 15-year-old plunged down the cliff.

He fractured his skull and broke his wrist and elbow in the fall. 

Nathan Datson was hiking up the cliff at Bells Rapid, northeast of Perth on July 19, following adorable goats when he suddenly slipped and lost balance 

‘I feel pretty surprised that I am still alive,’ the teenager told 7 News.

‘I fractured my wrist and my elbow. I think I got a bruise to my lungs and a fractured skull.’

Nathan was with his family and best friend, Patrick, but it was his friend’s quick-thinking that helped.

Patrick had Nathan’s iPhone and told Siri to call Nathan’s parents, who called for an ambulance. 

‘Nathan had found the only protruding rock at the side of the waterfall and hit it, and it sort of jammed him in there probably saved him from launching off the end and falling onto jagged rocks,’ Mr Datson told the publication. 

Emergency services worked in tough terrain conditions and it took them two hours to rescue Nathan. 

He was placed on a stretcher were he drifted in an out of consciousness and was taken to Royal Perth Hospital. 

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