“This is how I die” was all Brent could think
as he tumbled down into the ravine.
A summer holiday trip to Gore Bay was going to be the perfect way to relax for Brent, his friend Matt and their families. The New Year’s Eve weather was beautiful and Brent and Matt decided they’d head out for a quick ride, telling the rest of their group they’d just be away for 40 minutes, back in plenty of time for the evening dinner and celebrations.
After a leisurely walk through bush up the forest trail, the men hopped on their bikes to ride down into one of the bays. Matt headed off first with Brent following close behind. Turning a corner on the track, Brent’s wheel caught the edge of the trail and, with his foot stuck in the clip, the bike suddenly accelerated and he was thrown over the handlebars and down the steep side of the hill. In the next few seconds, the afternoon ride turned into a nightmare.
“I was tumbling really fast, I couldn’t see anything, and I thought, this is how I die! I grabbed at a tree as I fell but I couldn’t hold on to it”.
The tree was, thankfully, enough to slow his descent and Brent found himself lying on a small rocky ledge. Over the edge was a sheer 4-meter drop onto rocks, which he had only narrowly avoided.
Landing around 50 meters up from the beach, Brent knew that he was very badly hurt. He had terrible pain in his neck. Covered in cuts from the rocks and with a significant laceration to his leg he felt very alone.
Further along the track, Matt met a woman walking in the opposite direction and they briefly wished each other a Happy New Year, before carrying on their way. Only moments later, he heard her shouting.