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Scottish reveler dives 15ft from cliff in video call with brother

A young Scot miraculously escaped serious injury after accidentally stepping off a 15ft cliff and diving over rocks.

Mikey Hutton was on a video call with his brother after getting lost on his way home from a night out in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on Saturday.

The 32-year-old got off the train at Burntisland station and was trying to walk home to Kinghorn when he got confused and took the wrong way.

The worker didn’t look where he was going and dove down the cliff before landing wedged between two rocks.

After his relative sounded the alarm, police, rescue teams from HM Coastguard and RNLI Kinghorn rushed to save him, but were looking in the wrong place as Mikey was disoriented.

Mikey was examined at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy

He was told to download the what3words app and was found almost immediately before being rushed to Victoria Hospital for treatment.

Mikey has decided to speak out to raise awareness about the mobile phone app which he says saved his life due to the rising tide.

He said: ‘I was coming home from a night out and boarded the train at 11.48pm, heading for Kinghorn where I normally get off.

“But when I tried to get off the doors wouldn’t open so I had to get off at the next stop at Burntisland which I don’t know well.

Mikey was taken ashore at Burntisland Port by the RNLI team
Mikey was taken ashore at Burntisland Port by the RNLI team

“I was quite drunk so I called my brother and told him I would walk home using the same route as the train. But I actually headed in the wrong direction.

“I wasn’t looking where I was going because I was on the phone with my brother and I ended up walking on the coastal path and fell off the cliff.

“It was a 15 foot drop and straight onto rocks. I landed between two rocks. I brushed my hands and my lower back, towards my hip, was like a ball.

“My brother tried to call the police and they told me to shout as loud as possible. But they couldn’t find me because I thought I was somewhere else.

“The police then told me to download an app called what3words to my phone and they were able to find me right away.

Rescuers feared the 32-year-old suffered spinal injuries
Rescuers feared the 32-year-old suffered spinal injuries

“When they couldn’t find me, they called my brother and checked that he was serious because there was a fake call going on at the same time.

“This app has absolutely saved my life.

“I was taken to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy for a scan and everything came back clear – I just had bruises on my back. I can’t believe I didn’t break any bones.

“They told me I was really lucky because the tide was rising and this app saved me.”

Police Scotland and HM Coastguard have confirmed they were called to a report of an injured person on a beach on the Fife coast in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A force spokesperson added: ‘We were called at around 12.15am on Sunday April 3 to a concern about a person on Burntisland seafront near Monks Walk.

“Emergency services responded and a 32-year-old man, who had fallen and injured his back, was taken to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy by the Scottish Ambulance Service for treatment.”

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