Swept away by mudslide

A couple from Saskatchewan got more adventure than they bargained for while travelling in B.C. this week, when they got swept off a cliff by a mudslide.

The woman's cousin, Don Struther, said Gabe Rosescu and Sheri Niemegeers were heading to Nelson, B.C. at the time.

"They were driving down the road, happy go lucky, excited to see their buddy. And Gabe said all of a sudden they saw one tree kind of fall right onto the road," Struthers said.

"They didn't have time to hit the brakes or anything and, before they knew it, they were engulfed by mud and trees. And that's where their memory goes blank."

A firefighter from Lloydminster, Alta. arrived at the scene first, and heard Rosescu crying out for help.

"They were pretty much chest-deep in mud and trees and branches," Struthers said.

Rosescu was airlifted to Kelowna, where he is now recovering from head injuries and a broken orbital bone. Niemegeers was taken to a hospital in Trail, where she is being treated for a broken sternum and ankle. 

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