• May 27, 2024

Female Backpacker Plunges Off 150ft Cliff While Fleeing From Rapist

A female backpacker has described the horrific moment she broke her back in a 150ft fall down a cliff while fleeing a sex attacker in Thailand.

Hannah Gavios, 23, from Bayside in New York, got lost on pitch-black Railay Beach in the resort of Krabi and went into a local tourist shop asking for help back to her hotel at a nearby bay on Thursday. A local worker offered to show her the way but instead led her into the jungle where they started climbing up a hilly path.

Ms Gavios, who was still tired after arriving in Thailand just the day before, innocently followed him before realizing she was in danger. ‘I really thought I was going to die,’ she said.

‘It was dark around 11pm and the only way to get back to my accommodation was by crossing the cliffs. ‘I went inside a tourist shop and asked for help back to my hotel. They said it was dangerous to do at night so they told me to follow one of their workers. ‘I didn’t get the best feeling about him but I was tired and wanted to get home. I’d been travelling for 16 hours so I guess I wasn’t feeling myself,’ Ms Gavios said. She recalled how she followed him up a trail and kept asking ‘is this the right way?’.

‘While we were walking he grabbed me and was holding me down and trying to take off my clothes. ‘I started punching him in the face and beating him up and biting off his ear. I was biting his ear so hard it almost came off. His ear was half torn off,’ Ms Gavios said.

‘He was in pain and asked me to stop, so we shook hands and he stopped but I was still nervous and he was still trying to harass me so there was no choice but to run. ‘I started walking back to where I came from. Once there was distance between us I started running.’

She fled but blindly ran off the edge of a cliff edge in the darkness. ‘It was pitch black and before I knew it I was in mid air falling off a cliff. I was honestly thinking I wouldn’t survive,’ she said. ‘I hit my head a few times and landed with a big bump. I was screaming in pain. It was the most painful thing ever.

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