Woman’s account of being pushed off cliff ‘did not occur,’ RCMP say

How a woman ended up seriously bruised and injured after falling off a cliff and into the water at Thetis Lake in View Royal did not happen as originally reported, West Shore RCMP said Wednesday.

West Shore RCMP said their investigation has concluded and there are no suspects.

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“While we cannot provide further specifics, investigators have determined the incident did not occur as was originally reported and suspects are no longer being sought in relation to this matter,” said spokeswoman Const. Nancy Saggar.

On May 19, a Sooke woman, 29, reported to police she was pushed off a 12-metre cliff by strangers into Thetis Lake.

The woman told police she was hiking near the first beach cliff face on May 19 about 3:30 p.m. when she started chatting with three women who were drinking alcohol.

The conversation was friendly but as she looked over the cliff, someone pushed her from behind, she told police. The woman plunged into the water below, leaving her with bruises to the front of her body, including her legs, stomach and chest, she told police at the time.

A search for the three women followed. There was also an appeal to the public for witness accounts and police asked to speak with the person who helped the woman to safety after her fall.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com

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