A 29-year-old Sooke woman is recovering from severe bruising to her body after being pushed off a 12-metre cliff by strangers into Thetis Lake and police are still appealing to any witnesses to come forward.
The woman was hiking near the first beach cliff face on Sunday about 3:30 p.m. when she started chatting with a group of three women who were drinking alcohol. The conversation was friendly but as she looked over the cliff, someone pushed her from behind. The woman plunged into the water below, leaving her with bruises to the front part of her body including her legs, stomach and chest, said West Shore RCMP spokeswoman Const. Nancy Saggar.
The victim does not know who pushed her. Police are asking the three women and any witnesses to contact West Shore RCMP.
No witnesses have come forward but Saggar said there were more people in the area than originally thought, with at least three groups of people at the top of the cliff when the woman was pushed. Police are also looking to speak to a man who helped the victim after she was pushed.
The three women are described as white and between 20 and 30 years old. Two had brown hair and one had blond hair. They were wearing bathing suits and sunglasses.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about the three women is asked to call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264. Anonymous reports can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).