Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NEWFANE— Beverly S. Blewett, the 86-year-old woman who was rescued at the brink of Eighteen Mile Creek on Thursday afternoon, was released from the Erie County Medical Center emergency room on Thursday night and returned to her North Main Street home.
“I feel fine. I feel a little achey,” Blewett said Friday night. “It was quite an experience.” The mother of two had numerous phone calls and visits from Buffalo television stations after the story about her plight was published in the US&J.
The ground had given way under Blewett while she was raking leaves and she fell about 30 feet down the bank. Another 70 feet below was the creek.
“I don’t know what happened,” she said. “I flipped. There was no more ground and down I went. I slid down on my fanny. I had no control. Fortunately, there was a tree limb and I grabbed it.”
Blewett grabbed the limb with both hands and she said that was a mistake. Holding on with two hands forced her to flip on her stomach and all the weight was on her arms. She shouted out for help.
Nancy Albee, who has been Blewett’s neighbor for more than 55 years, heard the cries for help about an hour after Blewett fell.
“I didn’t know where she was,” Albee said. “I looked over, and there she was. I told her I was going to get help, and called 911.”
Within minutes, helped arrived in the person of Capt. Lombardo of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Dept. and U.S. Border Patrol Agent Sal Caccamo. The officers were working on a joint operation and had just driven by the residence on Route 78.
Butch Albee wanted to see if he could do anything, but the officer told Nancy’s husband not to go down the bank.