Monday, 6 December 2021

Girl falls to her death while jumping in air for photo on cliff


SUSSEX: A student plunged 200 feet to her death while posing for a photo at the edge of a cliff, an inquest heard.

Hyewon Kim had taken a trip to beauty spot Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex, alone while studying English in the UK.

She had asked a stranger to take her picture but as she jumped in the air for a shot, the 23-year-old lost her footing and plummeted 200 feet from the cliff edge.

An inquest into her death heard Hyewon, from South Korea, suffered catastrophic injuries in the fall on June 22 this year.

Coroner Alan Craze recorded a verdict of misadventure.

Speaking after the inquest, Mark Webb from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This was an incredibly sad incident leading to the unnecessary loss of a very young life.

There are signs warning about the instability of the cliffs in the area but an option for more containing foreign languages was considered in July and later rejected.

Craig Williams, from the town council, said it was a unanimous decision from representatives of East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council, the coastguard and South Downs National Park Authority.

He said: “We’ve decided to keep the signs as they are; we felt more would just confuse matters. Instead we’ve tackled this at source.

“We’ve been approaching coach companies and tour operators who run trips to the area and take people up on the cliffs to discuss having plans in place to warn people.”

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