SKN National saved off Taiwan cliff after 17-hour standoff

A St. Kitts and Nevis exchange student was removed from a cliff over the Pacific in Hualien County following a 17-hour standoff Wednesday (July 10).

The Central News Agency reported that:

The incident began when passersby told the emergency services that a foreign woman was wandering around aimlessly by the side of the Suao-Hualien highway near the scenic Qingshui Cliff.

According to the report, the sighting happened as early as 6 a.m.

Rescue workers from the Hualien County town of Xincheng headed immediately to the site. 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.

CNA reported that, the Coast Guard even sent a ship to the area, which pointed a light at the scene as darkness fell.

A teacher, roommates and relatives were called to the scene to try and persuade the young woman to return to the road. By 11 p.m., she finally agreed to have the rescue workers pull her up, ending the 17-hour standoff.

The young woman was identified as an exchange student from Taiwan’s Caribbean ally of Saint Christopher and Nevis. According to reports she was depressed after a failed love affair.

Story Credit: CNA

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