Man falls to his death taking photo at popular waterfall

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A young man has died after he fell from the top of a waterfall while taking a photo.

His alarming death occurred at the 30-metre tall Macacos Waterfall in the Pico do Marumbi State Park in the Brazilian municipality of Morretes on July 11.

Vagner Schmidt Alves, 27, went to the beauty spot with a group of friends on an organised tour that in total included about 20 people from the nearby city of Curitiba.

"He went out on a hike with his friends and he was the first to go up the hill," his girlfriend, 21-year-old Eduarda Kaoany, explained.

"When he got to the top, he climbed atop a rock to take a photo of the view. He then slipped and fell."

Vagner Schmidt Alves slipped to his death at the waterfall. Source: Newsflash/ Australscope
Vagner Schmidt Alves slipped to his death at the waterfall. Source: Newsflash/ Australscope

A fireman who happened to also be at the beauty spot rushed to his aid and provided emergency assistance on him.

However he could not be saved and he succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

His body was then taken to the city of Paranagua for a post-mortem.

Vagner worked at a wholesale fresh food market in Curitiba.

Girlfriend opens up on pain after death

"He was with me one night and he didn't return the next day. He'd said he'd be home for lunch, but life can end from one hour to the next," Ms Kaoany said.

"It's a pain I don't wish on anyone."

It is unclear if the police are investigating the incident.

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The area is popular with tourists, with many taking to Instagram and other social media sites to share their photos from the waterfall and nearby beauty spots.

Hs death comes just days after a 32-year-old Instagram influence died at a Hong Jong waterfall in similar circumstances.

Sofia Cheung, 32, was hiking with friends at Ha Pak Lai park last weekend when she slipped posing for a photo. 

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