Kentucky woman dies from 75ft fall off cliff during 'healing trip' in Hawaii to get over her husband's death
The 37-year-old widow on a 'healing trip' to get over the death of her husband. She leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter
MAUI, HAWAII: A 37-year-old widow who was on a "healing trip" to Hawaii after the sudden loss of her husband has reportedly died after she tragically fell off a 75ft cliff. Jamie "Nicole" Redmon Baker's tragic death has left the couple's three-year-old daughter an orphan.
Baker, who hailed from Louisville, Kentucky, was climbing in an area called Chutes and Ladders when she lost her balance and fell to the bottom of the cliff. According to the Maui County Public Fire and Safety, the incident took place off the Western Coast of Maui at around 11.30 am on Thursday, July 25. Rescuers could not revive Baker after she was found to be unresponsive. CPR was performed on her by bystanders until the paramedics arrived on the scene. She was then airlifted to an area near a highway where efforts to revive her continued but to no avail.
Authorities pronounced Baker, a physical therapist, dead at the scene. A cousin's Facebook post revealed that Baker had left behind a three-year-old daughter who was now orphaned. Bobby Metts, Baker's first cousin, asked for prayers and said, "we have lost a beautiful soul and heaven has gained another angel."
This was the second tragedy that struck the family. Baker's husband Lonnie had suddenly and unexpectedly died on June 2017. According to friends and family, Baker and her daughter had made the trip to try and recover from their heartache. As reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader, her friend Jessica Lynn shared, "This was a healing vacation for her and her small child. RIP Nicole. We will take care of Carson. Hug Lonnie in heaven and know everything will be OK here."
The area that Baker was climbing in has been described as a "fun, but dangerous adventure" spot. Maui News had also reported that many other people have also fallen to their deaths from the same cliff. Lisa Gibson Berry, another friend of Baker's had shared that Baker went to the area every year and it was not her first time climbing there.