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A young British model who fell to her death from a cliff at a popular selfie spot in Sydney has been mourned by shocked friends.

Madalyn Davis, 21, arrived in Australia late last year from Lincoln, England, and was planning on starting a new life there before her death on Sunday morning.

The young tourist was was at a party in Vaucluse on Saturday night and went to the nearby Diamond Bay cliffs with seven friends about 6.30am.

Madalyn Davis, 21, (pictured in Bondi days before her death) fell to her death from a cliff at a popular selfie spot in Sydney

The young tourist was was at a party in Vaucluse on Saturday night and went to the nearby Diamond Bay cliffs with seven friends about 6.30am

The young tourist was was at a party in Vaucluse on Saturday night and went to the nearby Diamond Bay cliffs with seven friends about 6.30am

They are believed to have climbed over a fence to sit on the edge of the cliff to watch the sunrise before she fell.

Ms Davis was mourned in dozens of tributes by shattered friends online, remembered as a ‘free spirit’ who was ‘beautiful inside and out’.

Family desperately tried to get hold of her on Sunday afternoon and begged friends to help track her down. 

‘Anyone seen Maddie? Not been able to get hold of her please get in touch if you were out with her last night,’ a family member posted online.

However, by Monday morning they confirmed Ms Davis had died and thanked her friends for their kind words.

‘Thank you for all your beautiful condolences for Madalyn Davis and her family – it is an absolute tragedy to which nothing has been confirmed,’ another wrote.

Ms Davis was mourned in dozens of tributes by shattered friends online, remembered as a 'free spirit' who was 'beautiful inside and out

Ms Davis was mourned in dozens of tributes by shattered friends online, remembered as a ‘free spirit’ who was ‘beautiful inside and out

A female tourist has fallen to her death from a cliff at a popular selfie spot in Sydney's eastern suburbs. A person is seen on CCTV looking over the edge

A female tourist has fallen to her death from a cliff at a popular selfie spot in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. A person is seen on CCTV looking over the edge 

Heartbroken friends in Britain and Australia posted tributes to Ms Davis on social media on Monday morning as new of her death spread.

‘I really don’t know how to process this Maddie, last time we saw each other was three years ago and now you are gone,’ one wrote.

‘I will never ever forget the times we shared together the giggle fits we had in town. I will forever miss you, angel.’

Another friend wrote: ‘You were an incredibly beautiful model and talented artist giving so much colour to the world.

‘You were so fun to be with that so many people have so many great stories and memories they tell about you, you will be so very sorely missed. 

‘I hope all the koalas and kangaroos are looking after you.’ 

Another friend in Newcastle, NSW, said he was planning a trip to Sydney to visit Ms Davis and her friends, but now it was too late.

‘I’m utterly destroyed… I would never have thought it would happen. She has such a gorgeous soul,’ he wrote.

NSW Police said emergency services were called to Diamond Bay Reserve after reports a woman had fallen off a cliff. 

They commenced an air and water search and retrieved her body about 10.30am on Saturday. 

In August last year, a 27-year-old woman fell to her death while posing for photos on the cliff face. 

The woman, aged in her 20s, had been at a party at Vaucluse on Saturday night before she and others went to watch the sunrise at Diamond Bay Reserve. Rescue teams are pictured at the scene

The woman, aged in her 20s, had been at a party at Vaucluse on Saturday night before she and others went to watch the sunrise at Diamond Bay Reserve. Rescue teams are pictured at the scene

A witness told The Daily Telegraph at the time vigilant bystanders tried to resuscitate the woman while others helped her distressed friend, who had taken the photo.

‘The friend needed a couple of men to help her all the way up (the path),’ they said. 

Diamond Bay is a popular location for selfies, with numerous photos tagged #diamondbay on Instagram snapped from the cliff edge. 

The Waverley Council said last year it would crack down on visitors risking their lives at Diamond Bay for the perfect picture.  

Mayor Paula Masselos told The Daily Telegraph council was devastated to learn about the latest death.

Further talks will begin on Monday on how to keep people away from the spot.  

Diamond Bay is a popular location for selfies, with numerous photos tagged #diamondbay on Instagram snapped from the cliff edge

Diamond Bay is a popular location for selfies, with numerous photos tagged #diamondbay on Instagram snapped from the cliff edge

‘I’ve already asked the general manager and we’re having a meeting tomorrow to discuss it. It depends in part on what the police investigation reveals,’ Ms Masselos said.

Security was increased around the lookout in August following the 27-year-old’s death.  

‘Extra patrols, more signs, the fencing we increased as well … when the rangers tell people not to go over boundary fences they don’t listen, they go further down and go over boundary fences further down,’ Ms Masselos said.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Waverley Council for additional comment. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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