(TAIPEI) Taiwanese Police have rescued a young woman from Taroko National Park’s famous Chingshui Cliff. The woman is believed to have been emotionally unstable at the time.
Local people spotted the young woman wandering around aimlessly by the side of the Suao-Hualien highway near the scenic Qingshui Cliff, the Central News Agency reported. The woman turned out to be a foreign exchange student from Saint Kitts and Nevis whom police described as unstable. The police arrived on the scene soon after receiving a report. Officers kept their distance when communicating with the woman as she showed signs of emotional distress.
The sighting happened as early as 6 a.m., and trained rescue workers from the Hualien County town of Xincheng headed immediately to the site and joined the police in assessing the situation. However, as they arrived, the woman walked away from them, and since they were worried that she would take more extreme action, they kept their distance.
The Coast Guard even sent a ship to the area, which pointed a light at the scene as darkness fell, CNA reported.
After 17 hours of negotiations, the officers were able to pull her back from the edge of the cliff at around 11:00pm.