Photo courtsey of Clarington Fire and Emergency Services

A 39-year-old Toronto woman is recovering from multiple, serious injuries after the ATV she was operating in Clarington drove over a steep cliff.

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, at approximately 6:00 p.m., emergency services were called to Lakeshore Road in Newcastle regarding an ATV that had been driven over a cliff. Clarington Fire and Emergency Services and Durham Paramedic Services were on scene and two firefighters rappelled down to the bottom of the cliff to rescue the female, who had fallen off the ATV. The four-wheeler ended up about 25 feet into Lake Ontario and came to rest upside down underwater. The female was placed on a stretcher and brought back up the cliff. She was transferred to a Toronto trauma centre by air ambulance with serious but non-life threatening injuries. She is recovering in hospital.

Investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision and it appears to have been operator error. The Durham Regional Police Service’s Marine Unit attended the next morning and removed the ATV from Lake Ontario and it will undergo a mechanical inspection.