A North-West woman who fell from a cliff at Parsons Falls after a freak accident 15 months ago says she plans to return to the area.
It comes a week after divers retrieved a phone from the falls which was lost on the day of her accident.
Stewart and Kerry Geard were hiking with a group of about 15 people, including their three daughters, last year when Kerry tripped and fell down Parsons Falls.
Mrs Geard doesn’t remember anything about the fall but Mr Geard remembers it vividly.
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“[Kerry] was sort of moving from one part at the top of the waterfall to another to make her way down to a lower ledge,” he said.
“In that process of moving she trod on a small shrub, one foot on the shrub one foot under the shrub, and that tripped her up.”
Thirteen weeks after the fall, five of which were spent in hospital, Kerry was back at work and on the road to recovery.
The family had always wanted to go back and find the phone. They discussed it when Mr Geard was one of about five people who won a national search and rescue award for their efforts rescuing Kerry and again when daughter Holly raised money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
But despite the discussions they had been unable to find anyone willing to go and dive at the falls.
That is until Mr Geard stumbled upon a post by the University of Tasmania’s dive club.
“The Tas uni dive club had a post asking people if they had any suggestions on dive locations,” he said.
“So I sent them a message and said ‘would you be interested in going diving in a plunge pool near Lake Mackenzie’.”
The dive club accepted the challenge and so last weekend armed with all the necessary gear Mr Geard led a few members of the club into Parsons Falls and within two minutes of them being in the water they found the phone.
Mrs Geard said it was amazing to be able to retrieve the memories from the phone.
She is unable to remember the day of her fall but had been told she was taking photos along the way to the waterfall. Now with the phones retrieval she can see them for the first time.
“They are my photos and they are my snapshots of what I thought needed to be captured at the time,” Mrs Geard said.
“It is very hard to not remember anything, really hard, … so I’m keen to go back up there.”
The photos and contacts from the phone’s sim card and from the phone itself were able to be recovered.
Both Stewart and Kerry thanked the divers for their efforts in recovering the phone.
“We really appreciated … the fact that these guys made the effort to go up there … to help us [it] is just amazing,” Mr Geard said.
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