GoPros can capture some incredible footage - extreme sports, beautiful scenery, memorable adventures... oh, and near-death experiences, of course.
While out adventuring, the risk of seriously hurting yourself is rife, so when wearing a GoPro, the likelihood of it capturing a little more than happy memories is quite high.
And now, one woman's GoPro footage has gone viral after she took a tumble... down a 50ft waterfall. Miraculously, she managed to escape with her life, but her GoPro caught the entire fall, and the footage is terrifying to watch.
A GoPro is an adventurist's dream.
via: GettyA high-quality, water-proof camera that can be attached conveniently to clothing and headwear is the ideal addition for any adrenaline junkie.
They have been known to capture some epic moments.
via: GettySurfing, scuba-diving, sky-diving, bungee-jumping, mountain climbing... you name the adventure, a GoPro is guaranteed to capture the full thing.
However, while they're busy capturing your adventures...
via: GettyThey can also capture the scarier moments in your life.
They have been known to capture near-death experiences.
via: GettyDue to the endurance of these nifty little cameras, they are able to keep filming while you're falling to your death. And one woman learnt this the hard way after she took a nearly-fatal fall while on vacation in Hawaii.
Heather Friesen's GoPro captured her life-or-death moment.World of Female Sports" podcast.
Heather is an avid hiker.
The trail features many different waterfalls and scenic views.
via: VTAnd, at the first waterfall, Heather ventured towards the edge for a better look. "The hike has waterfalls and we were on the first waterfall and I was up at the top trying to look over the edge and I got too close and I ended up slipping," she told the podcast hosts.
She slipped on a wet patch on the rock.
via: VTAnd she instantly plummeted down the cliff edge, directly into the path of the waterfall's lake below. Recalling her fall, Heather pointed out, "You can see there's a little trickle of water that was in the shadow that I didn't really see."
One little bit of water sent Heather flying down into the lake below.
via: VTAnd, though she landed into the water, she suffered horrific injuries from the impact.
Heather managed to make it to the shore.
via: VTShe was able to scramble onto a nearby rock, and can be heard groaning and crying out in agony. And, though she didn't realize at the time, she had actually suffered 10 broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a fractured scapula, and deep wounds in the fall.
Unable to move, she had no choice but to sit in the lake and wait for help.
via: VTAnd she was subsequently airlifted by helicopter to the hospital, where she said her Christian beliefs helped her find solace.