Backpacker plunges to death from popular ‘selfie’ clifftop in Sydney
A British backpacker has fallen to her death from a popular "selfie" spot for tourists in Sydney, Australia.
Madalyn Davis, who hailed from Lincoln, England arrived in Australia last year, with plans to create a new life for herself Down Under. However, the 21-year-old tragically passed away after falling from a local tourist attraction while watching the sunrise with her friends.
The incident occurred after Davis had attended a party in Vaucluse on Saturday night (January 11th). At around 6:30am, she and a group of seven friends left to go to Diamond Bay cliffs, a popular, although dangerous place, for taking photos.
The backpacker and her friends reportedly climbed over a fence to sit and watch the sunrise, per the Mirror Online.
An air and water search was launched around the reserve after law enforcement received a report of a woman falling from a cliff. Davis's body was then purportedly discovered at around 10:30pm.
Tributes have been pouring in from the 21-year-old, who has been described as "incredibly beautiful and talented" and "a free spirit".
"I really don’t know how to process this Maddie, last time we saw each other was three years ago and now you are gone," wrote one friend, and another added "I will never ever forget the times we shared together the giggle fits we had in town. I will forever miss you, angel."
Mayor Paula Masselos has since issued a statement to The Daily Telegraph, regarding the incident. "I’ve already asked the general manager and we’re having a meeting tomorrow to discuss it. It depends in part on what the police investigation reveals. Extra patrols, more signs, the fencing we increased as well … when the rangers tell people not to go over boundary fences they don’t listen, they go further down and go over boundary fences further down," she said.
This is not the first death to be reported at Diamond Bay cliffs. In August last year, a 27-year-old woman plummeted to her death after posing for a photograph on the cliff face.