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Student plunged 200ft to her death after jumping in air for photo on Seven Sisters cliff edge

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 12/10/2017 Fiona Simpson
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A student plunged 200ft to her death after she jumped in the air for a photograph on a cliff edge, an inquest heard.

Hyewon Kim suffered catastrophic injuries in the fall during a solo trip to East Sussex beauty spot Seven Sisters on June 22, the court was told.

The 23-year-old, from South Korea, had asked a stranger to take the snap but lost her footing as she leaped.

Senior coroner Alan Craze recorded a verdict of misadventure at an inquest into Miss Kim’s death at Eastbourne coroner’s court on Thursday.

The death came just a day after another tourist was injured in a similar fall nearby, top fire fighter Mark Webb, from East Sussex Fire and Rescue told the Standard.

He urged tourists to stay away from dangerous cliff edges while posing for holiday snaps.

Mr Webb said: “This was an incredibly sad incident leading to the unnecessary loss of a very young life.

"What we would say is to urge people to stay well away from cliff edges.

"The day before this incident we had a very severe rock fall in the same sort of area, so it's clear some of these cliff edges can be very unstable."


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