Woman, 33, falls seven metres to her death while taking selfie

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A 33-year-old woman has fallen to her death at a popular city lookout while trying to take a selfie sitting on a handrail in front of a sheer drop.

Cristina Valdeavellano Mansilla fell seven metres to her death at the Cerro de la Cruz observation deck in the city of Punta Arenas, in Chile’s southernmost region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, on November 2.

The young woman had parked her car on Senoret Street and went to the observation deck to take photos, according to news site Publimetro.

The Cerro de la Cruz observation deck pictured with a photo of Cristina Valdeavellano Mansilla.
Cristina Valdeavellano Mansilla fell seven metres to her death while taking a selfie at the Cerro de la Cruz observation deck. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

She was sitting on the handrail at the lookout, trying to take a selfie with the cityscape in the background, when she fell backwards and reportedly landed hard on her head. Cristina died instantly.

Although authorities are waiting for the results of an autopsy and currently suspect the woman’s death is accidental, police say they are not ruling out the possibility of foul play.

Police chief Jonathan Venegas also called on residents and tourists to be careful taking snaps at lookouts, adding: "Although photographs are a memory that lasts a lifetime, they must be taken in places where there is no danger, and one must not cross security barriers and instead consider whether it is worth taking such a photo or to continue being with your loved ones."

The investigation is ongoing.

Woman, 33, falls to her death while taking selfie in Belgium

Last week, a 33-year-old woman fell 100 feet to her death while posing for a photo on the edge of a cliff in Belgium.

Zoe Snoeks' husband Joeri Janssen told Newsflash his wife was posing for photos on the edge of the cliff when "she told me to look out for the dogs".

"I turned to the dogs and told them to wait. When I turned back to Zoe, she was no longer there. She had just vanished. It must have happened in less than five seconds," he said.

"I didn't see or hear anything. No rustling, no screams or shouts. I looked up and saw only dust."

– Australscope

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