Close Call For 3-Year-Old

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While sightseeing at the coast, 3-year-old Alaina Pitton and her family came whitin inches of tragedy in a matter of seconds, and it was caught on tape!  While posing for a photo, the little girl fell between two fencerails, and had she not grabbed tightly to some weeds, would have toppled over a 150 ft. cliff.

 Oregon Parks service is now working on making the area safer for small children.  KATU News has the story and video.

http://www.katu.com/news/34335244.html


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I'm glad that the girl was not hurt and that the family chose not to sue. In reality the kids shouldn't have been near the railing. However, there should be a middle rail in the fence. If an adult tripped on something about 5 feet from that fence, they might fall over the cliff due to the grade of the hill. It just makes sense, and they're correcting it now. So congratulations to everybody for doing the right thing.
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I've worked on and off for various state & county parks for years and I can tell you that most are constantly dealing with idiotic legal battles. One park I worked at was (unsuccessfully) sued because someone took 12+ grade-school aged kids camping (1 chaperon for over a dozen young kids in the wilderness)and lost one when he allowed them to go swimming in a rapid creek during a rainstorm. Many parks have catch-all warnings posted like 'beware of natural hazards' to head off these sorts of law-suits.
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Not much of a guard rail, anyways. It's just the right height for a kid to lean on. I'm torn between saying "duh" to both parties.
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