Girl, 16, survives 15-metre plunge from a notorious ‘selfie’ clifftop during late-night catch-up with her friends in one of Australia’s richest suburbs – just months after a British model fell to her death
- The 16-year-old was at Diamond Bay, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, at 9.30pm
- She was reportedly socialising with friends before she fell last night
- The cliff is blocked by a fence but has claimed multiple lives of selfie chasers
- In January, 21-year-old tourist Madalyn Davis fell to her death in the same area
A teenage girl skylarking with friends in the dead of the night at a selfie hotspot has miraculously survived a 15-metre drop just months after a British model plunged to her death at the notorious cliff face.
The 16-year-old was with at least one friend at Diamond Bay, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, at 9.30pm on Thursday when she tumbled from the rocks.
She suffered severe chest and abdomen injuries but escaped alive from the picturesque but perilous lookout.
Her friend, also 16, attempted to rescue her but also had to be hoisted to safety after a tense three-hour rescue involving police, firefighters, and ambulance officers.
The cliff has claimed multiple lives in recent years – including 21-year-old model Madalyn Davis just four months ago.
Diamond Bay is a popular location for selfies, with numerous photos tagged #diamondbay on Instagram snapped from the cliff edge
Madalyn Davis, 21, (pictured in Bondi days before her death) fell to her death from a cliff at a popular selfie spot in Sydney
A New South Wales Ambulance spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia the girl was transferred to St Vincent’s Hospital in a stable condition.
There were concerns she may have damaged her spine in the fall but her friend was not injured.
There were crowds of neighbours, family and friends gathered watching from afar as the rescue was carried out.
The rescue team was lowered from a helicopter and was required to try to find the teenager in the dark
She was eventually hoisted to safety and was taken to St Vincents Hospital in a stable condition
Photographs show the team of rescuers as the 16-year-old girl was stretchered to safety
The cliff is blocked by a fence, but young people have been known to climb it in the hopes of nabbing a selfie with the ocean as a backdrop.
On January 13, 21-year-old Ms Davis fell 30 metres to her death after watching the sunrise on the cliff.
The young tourist had been at a party in nearby Vaucluse when she and a handful of friends walked to the lookout about 6.30am.
They are believed to have climbed over a fence to sit on the edge of the cliff to watch the sunrise and take photographs before she fell.
The joint operation took about three hours. Both the teenager who fell, and her friend who tried to rescue her, survived
Neighbours, friends and family milled around the Diamond Bay reserve while the operation was underway
Ms Davis was mourned in dozens of tributes by shattered friends online, remembered as a ‘free spirit’ who was ‘beautiful inside and out’.
In August last year, a 27-year-old woman also fell to her death while posing for photos on the cliff face.
Diamond Bay is a popular location for selfies, with numerous photos geo-tagged #diamondbay on Instagram from the cliff edge.
The Waverley Council said it would crack down on visitors risking their lives at Diamond Bay for the perfect picture.
New South Wales police are investigating the incident.
Ms Davis was mourned in dozens of tributes by shattered friends online, remembered as a ‘free spirit’ who was ‘beautiful inside and out’
Rescue teams required flashlights to see in the darkness as they spent about three hours trying to rescue the girl
The rescue helicopter was shining light on the grounds below as a team of Ambulance, Police Rescue and Fire and Rescue officers worked to save the 16-year-old