A volunteer firefighter has been commended for her heroic efforts in saving the life of a man who plunged to the bottom of a 100-metre cliff.

Sarah Lilburn was called out to a rescue down the Rangitikei River in the early hours of January 26 last year as a Kiwiburn festival-goer lay injured on the papa ledge.

Lilburn and Hunterville station manager for the St John first response team Richard Swainson were the first on the scene and could only get to the man by crossing the rapids and letting the current take them down river.

"He was not in

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