Man 'taking selfie' plunges to his death at WA tourist spot

A man has plunged to his death at one of Western Australia’s most popular tourist spots while reportedly trying to take a selfie.

It’s understood the man was with a group of people at The Gap near Albany, which towers 40 metres above the sea in some areas, when he plunged into the ocean about 3pm on Thursday.

Police, SES and a rescue helicopter were all called in to help search for him and sadly his body was found within about half an hour.

District Superintendent for the Great Southern area, Dominic Wood, told WA Today police were now interviewing witnesses who saw the incident unfold.

The man plunged to his death at at The Gap near Albany. Source: 7 News
Police, SES and a rescue helicopter were all called in to help search for him. Source: 7 News

“We’re doing everything we can at this point to identify next of kin family member so we can get onto informing them.

“All I know at this stage is that there is a small group, we think of about five young adults, they were down here within the vicinity of the platform behind me around the rocks.

“In any circumstances for someone to lose their life… is just horrible. It’s horrible for the family, its horrible for the first responders, it’s horrible for the people who witnessed this event.”

The area where the man fell is no stranger to tragedy either.

In April Samuel Peter Roth, 30, was drowned after he was swept into the ocean without a life jacket while fishing at a spot called The Deep.

Later that month two Afghani nationals were swept off rocks by a huge wave but were rescued by other fishermen.