Woman Fell To Her Death While Attempting To Take Photographs At Waterfall
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A woman slipped and died while attempting to take photographs at a picturesque waterfall in Hong Kong.
Sofia Cheung, 32, visited the Tsing Dai stream near the district of Yuen Long on Saturday but the trip would turn to tragedy after she seemingly lost her footing and plummeted to her death.
Sofia and three friends set off to the nature area of Ha Pak Lai at around 11am and at 5pm she was taking photos near the waterfall, but stumbled off the edge and fell 16 feet into a five-metre deep pool below.
Her horrified friends called emergency services and first responders arrived on the scene.
Sofia was rushed to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan in Hong Kong where she was declared dead on arrival.
The area Sofia and her friends visited is popular with hikers, especially during sunset.
Sofia had 6,000 followers on Instagram and regularly shared photos of herself out and about exploring, including on risky photoshoots on mountaintops and cliff edges.
Since the news of her death broke, friends of Sofia have rushed to social media to offer their condolences with one pal writing: "I will miss your chat every day. I love you always. Rest in peace my pretty Sofia."
Tragically, Sofia isn't the only person to die while trying to take photos at a beauty spot.
Last December, a 38-year-old woman was out hiking through the Grampians National Park in Australia when she climbed over a safety railing to get photos at the Boroka Lookout.
Authorities said the woman then slipped and fell around 80 metres to her death, while her horrified family looked on unable to help.
Australian Police Minister Lisa Neville used the tragedy to issue a warning to would-be hikers that safety features are there for a reason.
She said: "That is dangerous behaviour, and yesterday should be a stark reminder that anyone who wants to do those extreme photos for social media, that it can kill you.
"No photo is worth a life."
Warning others to take notice to such signs, she added: "It not only puts you in harm's way, but it actually risks our lifesavers, and our emergency services personnel who have to either try and rescue you or recover a body - and that's what we've seen."
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