Go-Pro Captures Terrifying Footage Of Women Who Fell 50 Feet Off Of Waterfall In Hawaii
GoPro footage has emerged of the moment a professional American beach volleyball player plunged 50ft after slipping off a waterfall in Hawaii, breaking multiples bones.
A week before her senior beach volleyball season at the University of Hawaii, Heather Friesen of Indiana was hiking with friends at the Ka'au Crater Trail in Honolulu in 2016.
In footage captured by her GoPro, the now 26-year-old can be seen staring in awe at a waterfall. Seconds later, she tumbles over the edge.
'The hike has waterfalls and we were on the first waterfall. I was up at the top trying to look over the edge and I got too close and I ended up slipping,' she told In the World of Female Sports.
She said the turned the GoPro on “a couple of seconds” before the fall.
“The hike has waterfalls and we were on the first waterfall and I was up at the top trying to look over the edge and I got too close and I ended up slipping,” she said.
Heather reportedly told The Sun that 'time slowed down'.
“You can see there’s little trickle of water that was in the shadow that I didn’t really see.”
Heather said as she fell, she tried to grab onto rocks and kept telling herself “it’s going to be fine”.
“The things I was thinking about when I was falling, it’s the whole cliché that time slows down,” she said.
As she fell she said her concern was to protect the arm she serves within volleyball and then that her family and boyfriend - now her husband - would be worried.
“I was thinking about all these things as I was falling,” she said.
Heather said she hit the water that was about 3ft deep and that “you’re not meant to jump into it or you will die”.
As well as broken ribs she also sustained a collapsed lung, a fractured scapula, and some deep wounds. The volleyball player said that she thought of her Christian faith and knew she was going to make it.
Friesen survived her injuries and continues to play volleyball with her Christian faith fortified after her terrifying ordeal. She'll also likely be more cautious the next time she finds herself at the edge of a slippery waterfall.