Thursday, 25 April, 2019

U.S. college student falls to her death taking selfie near cliff edge

Briar Cliff student dies after falling 100 feet on Arkansas hiking trail College student dies after falling off cliff while posing for a photo
Jeannette Daniel | 17 April, 2019, 16:40

A college student died after falling almost 100 feet off a cliff during a hike with her classmates and professors in Arkansas on Saturday.

The 20-year-old had been hiking with friends when she fell from Hawksbill Crag, a popular hiking spot in Arkansas. Witnesses say she repositioned herself for a photo when she fell.

New County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said Norton had been hiking with some university friends before accidentally falling from a rock formation near Jasper - about 101 miles northwest of Little Rock.

More than 60 people responded to the scene, and it took nearly five hours to recover her body.

Andrea Norton, 20, was a student and volleyball player at Briar Cliff University (BCU) in Sioux City, Iowa. Francis National Forest, is a popular hiking destination and one of Arkansas' most-photographed natural areas.

Norton was on scholarship at BCU for symphony choir and women's volleyball, according to The Journal. Andrea, a junior, was majoring in biology and environmental science and recently had her petition to minor in global studies approved.

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"She lived BCU's values in everything she did from the classroom to the court and everywhere she went. Hawksbill Crag is a spectacular location that thousands of people visit and enjoy each year", Wheeler said.

"But one stumble or misstep is all it can take to turn a great day into a tragic one". "I want everyone to enjoy our county, but use extreme caution and respect how risky these places can be".

"Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to Andrea's family and friends during this very hard time".

Andrea earned five letters playing volleyball and basketball at Hot Springs High School, according to her biography on her college team's website.

"We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our beloved teammate Andrea Norton", the school said on social media.

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