Friends mourn British backpacker who plunged to her death at Sydney selfie spot

Heartbroken friends are mourning the loss of a British backpacker who died on Sunday morning after falling from a cliff in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

The woman, identified as young model Madalyn Davis, 21, by the Daily Telegraph, reportedly climbed a fence at a popular selfie spot at Diamond Bay Reserve, in Vaucluse, with several friends after attending a party nearby on Saturday night.

Emergency services were called to the coastal cliff just before 6.30am on Sunday, after receiving reports someone had fallen, and by about 10.30am the woman’s body was pulled from the water.

Madalyn Davis who died Sunday morning after falling from cliff in Vaucluse, an eastern Sydney suburb.
Madalyn Davis died Sunday morning after falling from a cliff in Vaucluse. Source: Instagram/madalyn_davis_

Officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command worked with Fire & Rescue NSW, and NSW Ambulance paramedics, Marine Area Command and Polair searched and helped retrieve the body.

Friends of Ms Davis have paid tribute to her in comments to her social media sites.

“Heartbroken. Thinking of your family and close ones right now,” one person wrote on Instagram.

Woman who died after falling from cliff at Vaucluse in Sydney Sunday morning.
The 21-year-old was reportedly with a group of friends when she fell to her death. Source: Instagram/madalyn_davis_

“You were an incredibly beautiful model and talented artist, giving so much colour to the world. You were so fun to be with that so many people have so many great stories and memories they tell about you. You will be so very sorely missed,” someone else wrote.

“Thinking of your family and close friends in this devastating time. I hope all the koalas and kangaroos are looking after you.”

“Grew up seeing you flourish, can’t believe it. RIP girl,” another said in a Facebook post.

Cliff at Diamond Bay Reserve in Sydney's eastern suburb Vaucluse where British model died Sunday morning.
Emergency crews were called to the Diamond Bay Reserve early Sunday morning. Source: Google Maps/BS Lu

“I really don’t know how to process this Maddie. (The) last time we saw each other was when I first had Alex three years ago and now you are gone,” another wrote.

“I will never ever forget the times we shared together (and) the giggle fits we had in town. I will forever miss you angel. Sending my love to your family.”

Police said an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death has commenced and a report would be prepared for the coroner.

A 27-year-old woman died in similar circumstances at a spot nearby in August last year.

Any witnesses or anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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