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Hiji waterfall accident claims woman’s life

Date Posted: 2008-05-09

A Golden Week bus tour outing to Hiji Otaki, the Hiji great waterfall, was marred by an accident Saturday when a woman slipped an fell to her death.

Miyoko Teruya and her sister were traveling with a tour group at the Hiji Otaki esplanade, walking toward the waterfall when he foot slipped and she fell 12 meters under the cliff. Rescuers responded immediately, and a helicopter transported the 66-year-old woman to a hospital, but doctors say Teruya had died instantly.

Officials say the women had not been using the stairs available, but had been walking on the dangerous, bare ground near the cliff. The younger sister, who had gone ahead with other Naha City tourists, was called back to be with her sister.

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