British tourist, 18, plunges 32ft to his death while ‘taking selfies’ on whale watching cliff in Australia
The 18-year-old was reportedly “taking selfies” with his pals at Cape Solander when he fell and plunged into the sea below.
The teen is said to have lost his balance while taking snaps with his pals at the popular beauty spot south of Sydney when the accident occurred at 3.30pm local time.
His distraught friends made numerous calls to emergency services as they tried in vain to reach the spot where he landed.
Marine Area Command attended the scene and pulled an unconscious body from the water.
They reportedly put dye into the water to check the currents before they found him.
Despite their best efforts, paramedics with New South Wales Ambulance were unable to revive him.
It is unclear whether he died on impact of if he drowned.
The Daily Telegraph said he was taking a selfie on the cliff when he fell.
Reports claim the teens were at an official viewing platform and decided to walk down to a rocky area closer to the water.
The cliff is a popular spot with tourists where they flock to see humpback whales during their yearly migration.
Chief Inspector Chris Hill said: “He was here with a group of friends to go whale watching.
“They’ve made their way down onto the rock platform at this stage it appears to be misadventure where he’s slipped and fallen over the edge.”
He added: “For your safety we recommend that you stay up on the whale watching platform and please, don’t go onto the rocks.”
Police are treating his death as non-suspicious.
Officers from Sutherland Shire Police Area Command will prepare a report for the coroner.
A 30-year-old man plunged to his death while whale watching at the same spot last month.
He was reportedly taking pictures with his boyfriend before he fell.
A spokesman for Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter said he was found an hour and a half later “directly below the whale watching platform”.