British backpacker died falling 100ft 'posing for photo' at Australian canyon

Inquest into death of Zoe Woolmer announced

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British backpacker died falling 100ft 'posing for photo' at Australian canyon


A British backpacker died after falling 100ft from a canyon in Australia while posing for the 'ultimate' photo.

An inquest has now been announced into the death of Zoe Woolmer, 23, who died when she fell off a ledge at Kestrel Falls in Kings Canyon on 15 June 2014.

Zoe died at the scene, although reports suggest she was still conscious immediately after the fall.

An inquiry will now be held at the Alice Springs Magistrates Court from 5 October to 9 October 2015.

Ms Woolmer had spent a year travelling across Australia before her death, visiting Melbourne and living in Sydney for a few months. She had been visiting the canyon on a guided excursion with The Rock Tour along with 16 other tourists.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Zoe, a former student at the University of Plymouth, died after posing for a photograph on a narrow ledge.

ABC News reports that she "had been resting on a narrow ledge and dangling over the edge of the cliff when she fell".

The Mirror reports that after Zoe's death her mum Dawn wrote on Facebook: "It is with a heavy heart that our family and friends report the sad loss of our dear Zoe during her much loved trip to Australia. Words fail us during the difficult time."

Following Ms Woolmer's death, the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife warned tour operators not to "risk your life to get the perfect photo" and recommended all visitors stand at least 6.6 feet from the edge.

News of the inquest into Zoe's death comes just days after experts warned against risking your life for the perfect Instagram shot at another site in Australia.

Wedding Cake Rock in the Royal National Park, Sydney, Australia, has become a hot new destination for Instagram fans.

The distinctive flat, white rock has seen a whole host of fun (and sometimes dangerous) visitors with people posing for the risky shots on the cliff's edge.

Yoga, handstands and pretending to fall are all popular poses with Instagram users who have been using #weddingcakerock to tag their snaps.

The cliffs are more than 260 feet above the ocean, proving a very dangerous location for a photo if you lose your footing.

One person has already died at the scene, reportedly while taking photos.

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