Teen 'cheated death' after plunging 50ft down a cliff after her HAMMOCK split

  • 2 years ago
A teen has relived the terrifying moment she 'cheated death' - when she plunged 50ft down a cliff after her HAMMOCK split. Mackenzie Rackliff, 18, says she is lucky to be alive after falling into the sea in Hawaii last month. The volunteer has been walking along the coast near Pepeekeo when she hung up her hammock to take in the view. But, despite checking the sling before getting in, the fabric split in two - sending Mackenzie into the water below. She suffered horror injuries, and was told she could have paralysed herself if she moved in the wrong way. Mackenzie, from Orlando, FL, is now on the road to recovery - and says she would get in a hammock again. But the student's medical bills are already more than $220,000 - which she can't afford - so a fundraiser has been launched. She said: "I've had the hammock for a couple of years. "I would always inspect it for damage before I used it and I really trusted it. It's really heartbreaking to see how that ended for me. "I was on FaceTime with my friend from home. Then all of a sudden the hammock ripped from the bottom and I fell straight out. "I hit the ground and started rolling, but there was nothing to grab onto so I started free-falling. "I remember having one of those movie moments, I was looking at the blue sky and thought, 'Well this is it'. I really thought I was going to die." Mackenzie fell 50ft into the water below, narrowly avoiding some rocks. An air ambulance arrived after 40 minutes and, an hour after she fell, Mackenzie was on her way to hospital. "I had a little run in with death, but I beat it and I'm going to continue to live my life."