Woman, 21, who died in tragic Manly cliff fall was a promising student

A young woman who died in what police believe was a “tragic accident” near a popular Sydney lookout has been identified as a promising engineering student.

Annika Ferry, 21, from Balgowlah, suffered a fatal fall at Manly’s North Head at about 6.15am on Wednesday while on a bush walk, the Manly Daily reported.

She suffered serious head injuries near an abandoned World War II bunker at Blue Fish Point on the east side of North Head at the cliff’s edge.

Annika Ferry was a promising student at UNSW. Source: Facebook

A friend she was with, also 21, desperately tried to perform CPR on Ms Ferry but she could not be saved.

Acting Inspector Stuart Byrnes said the location was “not easily accessible” for police and paramedics, and said due to the “extremely difficult” terrain, police were forced to use a helicopter to retrieve her body.

Locals have described the spot as a popular walking area off the beaten track that is visited regularly for sunrises and whale watching.

Ms Ferry was a promising engineering student at the University of NSW and had previously attended Mosman’s Queenwood school.

Ms Ferry died at Blue Fish Point on the east side of Manly's North Head. Source: 7News

In 2019, she was included in the Dean’s Honours List at the university and had studied in Scandinavia as part of her renewable energy course.

Following the incident, her friend was taken to hospital to be treated for shock. In harrowing footage from 7News, she could be seen clutching onto a paramedic in tears.

A NSW Police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia on Wednesday Ms Ferry’s death was likely a “tragic accident”.

Investigations are ongoing and a report will be made for the coroner.

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