VICTORIA — An elderly birdwatcher was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when he was pushed off a 12-metre cliff in Victoria.
“It’s pretty tragic,” said Victoria police Sgt. Barrie Cockle. “He was just standing on the cliff minding his own business when, for some unknown reason, a younger man ran up the bank, which is a 40-foot cliff, and pushed the old fellow down.”
A 29-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is in police custody awaiting charges, said Cockle.
“We’re waiting to see how the elderly man is doing to see what we will do with the suspect,” he said.
A passerby rushed to the aid of the injured man and called paramedics, said Cockle. When the suspect continued to hang around, the passerby helped diffuse the situation.
“Initially, it was a bit tense,” said Cockle. “He’s done an amazing job here.”
A police boat was out on the water for training exercises when the call came in. Officers in the boat brought the injured man off the beach to another location, where an ambulance was waiting. The man was taken to Royal Jubilee Hospital.
“We don’t believe his injuries are life-threatening, but he’s badly hurt,” said Cockle. “When you’re in your 70s and you’re breaking bones, you’ve got serious injuries.”
What the heck?? What kind of d-bag does that??