Horror as tourist plunges to death in front of friends while trying to take selfie on cliff edge

A MAN in his 20s has tragically plunged to his death while trying to snap a selfie on the edge of an ocean cliff at a popular tourist attraction in Western Australia..

The young man’s friends watched on in horror as he fell 40 metres and landed on rocks before being sucked out to sea at The Gap in Albany around 2.30pm on Thursday.

It’s understood the international student was ‘mucking around’ when he slipped and fell to his death.


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The man was visiting the site with eight of his friends from Perth and had reportedly veered off a designated viewing platform to take a selfie when tragedy struck.

The tourist is said to have been rendered unconscious after landing on rocks before a wave swept through the base of the natural rock formation and sucked his body out to sea.

The man was spotted floating face down in the water roughly 10 metres offshore around 3.15pm.

Sea Rescue crews were dispatched to retrieve his body, but it was too late.

The man was pulled from the water just before 4pm but sadly he could not be revived.

The Gap, Albany, Western Australia | Source: Flickr via denisbin (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The natural rock formation that is one of the most visited attractions in Western Australia.

The man is believed to be the seventh person to die at the popular site in the past 45 years.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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