Couple swept off 900-metre cliff by mudslide on B.C. highway
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 5:44 PM - A Saskatchewan couple is recovering in the hospital after a B.C. mudslide swept their car off a 900-metre cliff last week.
Gabe Rosescu and his girlfriend Sheri Niemegeers were travelling to Nelson, B.C. on May 17 when the incident occurred.
Miraculously, a pile-up of trees blocked their fall, preventing them from making the entire 900-metre plunge.
Rosescu sustained head injuries and a broken orbital bone, the Canadian Press (CP) reports.
Niemegeers suffered a broken sternum and ankle.
"They were driving down the road, happy go lucky, excited to see their buddy. And Gabe said all of a sudden they saw one tree kind of fall right onto the road,” Don Struthers, brother-in-law to Rosescu, told CP.
“They didn’t have time to hit the brakes or anything and, before they knew it, they were engulfed by mud and trees. And that’s where their memory goes blank.”
Struthers said doctors are "cautiously optimistic" about their improving conditions.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support expenses that may arise as a result of their recovery.