Jim Waterman was able to rescue a woman stuck on Tanby Point cliff-face.
Jim Waterman was able to rescue a woman stuck on Tanby Point cliff-face.

Jim becomes unlikely hero

A WOMAN who was stuck, clasping to the cliff-face of Emu Park's Tanby Point, was yesterday rescued by an unlikely hero.

Instead of helicopters and firefighters, the Victorian tourist was rescued by her husband, who was aided by well-known Emu Park man Jim Waterman.

Jim, the manager of Emu Park's Bell Park Caravan Park, yesterday raced to the rescue of one of his holiday-makers after she was stuck when the tide came in as she was walking along the beach at 9.30am.

Jim said the woman, who was too embarrassed to speak to the Bully yesterday, decided she would climb the cliff-face to get off the beach.

As she made her way to the top of the steep cliff, she couldn't find any more footings and became stuck.

Lucky to have a harness, Jim and four other men, including the woman's husband, eventually found the woman after she phoned a friend, and they were able to climb down the cliff and rescue her.

At the park yesterday, Jim said he put the harness around the woman's husband and he walked down and got behind her and pulled her to the top.

He said the woman told him that she felt like she was clinging to the face with only her toes and had nowhere to go.

“It was a steep slope, she felt like she was hanging on with her toes and couldn't go any further,” he said.

“The hardest part was finding her, but it was all over in a couple of minutes.”

The woman was uninjured and there were jokes aplenty at the park yesterday about her misfortune.



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