Terrifying Ride to Safety for Survivors in Taiwan

From New York Times:

The road that wends through the storm-battered mountains of Kaohsiung County comes to an end at a breathtaking abyss.

On the south side of the road, Provincial Highway 27, there are hot meals, the succor of Buddhist monks and, after some careful driving across soggy roads, access to the rest of Taiwan.

For those stuck on the north side, because a bridge no longer exists, there is a 200-foot drop into a muddy torrent spawned by .

Despite her fear of heights, Wang Ma-lee, a 52-year-old goat farmer, decided that she could no longer stay on the north side. She stepped into a rock-climbing harness, allowed a team of rescue workers to clip her to an overhead zip-line cable and then stepped into the chasm as a row of young soldiers yanked her across the river.

August 14, 2009 6:08 AM
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