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Grad Student Dies in Cliff Fall While Posing for Photo

Anna Bachman, 25, was with her sister
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2014 7:15 PM CST

(Newser) – Tragedy in San Diego, as a 25-year-old grad student lost her footing on a cliff and fell to her death while posing for a photo to be shot by her sister, reports the Chicago Tribune. Bachman was a Berkeley grad who was working toward a master's in urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois. "She backed up too far and lost her balance and fell down the cliff," says a police officer. The area, near Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, is marked by signs reading "Danger, Unstable Cliffs—Stay Back," reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Bachman fell about 125 feet. "There were two nurses that hustled down the cliff and began CPR and first aid—as well as a couple of surfers, to my understanding—and they did their best, but it just wasn't meant to be," says the officer. Bachman, a California native who was visiting family on a break, would have turned 26 on Thursday. (Read more cliff stories.)

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