HONOLULU (AP) A 19-year-old New York student says she's glad to be alive after surviving a 60-foot fall off a Hawaii cliff.

Marissa Peone (pee-OH'-nee) of Seneca Falls, who's in Hawaii for one semester, tells Hawaii News Now ( that she and a friend researched Kaau (kah-OW') Crater Trail in Oahu's Palolo (pah-LO'-lo) Valley but did not see anything indicating how dangerous it is.

It's the same trail where 23-year-old University of Hawaii graduate student Kaitlan Prugger (PROO'-ger) died in a fall one week earlier.

Peone says she reached the first waterfall and was climbing to look over the edge when she lost her footing.

She says she thought she was going to die as she fell to a rocky creek.

She was taken to a hospital but suffered only a bruise.


Information from: KHNL-TV,