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She Was Climbing El Capitan When She Fell

Emily Harrington is 'banged up but gonna be OK'

(Newser) - A top rock climber is thankful to be alive after falling from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. "I took a bad fall and pin balled a bit then somehow hit the rope [with] my neck," Emily Harrington wrote Monday on Instagram, sharing a photo of her resting... More »

At Popular Diving Spot, Tragedy When Rock Ledge Collapses

West Point cadet Benjamin Bochtler dies in the Catskills

(Newser) - A West Point cadet candidate has died after falling from a rock ledge at a popular spot among cliff-divers in upstate New York. Benjamin Bochtler, 20, was hanging from the ledge at the site known as Fawn's Leap on Kaaterskill Creek in the Catskill Mountains when a section of... More »

Student Suffers Fatal Fall at Her 'Favorite Place'

Oregon's Michelle Casey saves 2 as organ donor

(Newser) - Oregon State University student Michelle Casey died while taking pictures—not selfies, her parents emphasize—Sunday at a Neahkahnie Mountain viewpoint above Neahkahnie Beach. Casey, who'd hiked to the northern Oregon lookout with her boyfriend, was taking photos when she fell, her fall broken by a tree some 100... More »

Soldier Climbs Over Railing, Falls Into Volcano

32-year-old survived, landing on narrow ledge in Kilauea caldera

(Newser) - The chief ranger of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is warning visitors to "never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges," after a soldier did just that—and fell into the Kilauea volcano's caldera. The 32-year-old, reportedly on the Big Island for training exercises, had... More »

Couple Who Died in Yosemite Posed Eerie Question

Travel bloggers acknowledged dangers of 'daredevilry' photoshoots

(Newser) - "Is our life just worth one photo?" travel blogger Meenakshi "Minaxi" Moorthy mused after a visit to the Grand Canyon in March. One half of the team behind Holidays and Happily Ever Afters , Moorthy described herself as "a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge... More »

Woman Acquitted in Twin's Death Opens Up

Alexandria Duval's chat with Dr. Phil McGraw airs Thursday

(Newser) - The woman acquitted of murder after driving off a Hawaii cliff in a 2016 crash that killed her identical twin says she only learned her sister was dead "way after." In her first public comments on the crash and subsequent murder trial, Alexandria Duval tells Dr. Phil McGraw... More »

Selfie-Taking US Missionary Dies in Cliff Fall

Photos show Gavin Zimmerman close to rock edge

(Newser) - Gavin Zimmerman promised to take lots of photos from a whale-watching lookout in Australia so he could share them with friends back home in Utah. He won’t get the chance. Before finding a cellphone with photos of Zimmerman close to a cliff edge, authorities pulled the lifeless body of... More »

He Pushed Woman Off Cliff, Then Killed Her Son, 5: Cops

Victim's sister says money dispute led to kidnapping

(Newser) - Jessica Durham saw two faces, including that of her 5-year-old son. Then she was pushed off an 80-foot cliff. She would remarkably survive, but her son wasn't so lucky. Police and family say the 41-year-old Kentucky woman was beaten, then kidnapped along with her son on Friday in response... More »

Teen Boys Found Dead at Scenic Cliffs

UK police don't know what happened

(Newser) - Two teenage best friends are dead, leaving a community in northern England long on sadness but short on answers. Police found the bodies of Harry Watson and Alex Yeoman, both 17, just before 7pm Friday evening at the base of scenic cliffs, the Telegraph reports. Cleveland police said they were... More »

Woman Falls Off Cliff Day After She Moved to California

Lorena Barrera climbed over wall, tripped on flip-flops

(Newser) - A Nevada woman who had just moved to California ended up falling off a notorious cliff on her first full day in the state, CBS News reports. The woman, identified by NBC Los Angeles as 21-year-old Lorena Barrera, was found dead at the base of the seaside cliff in Point... More »

Rocker's Teen Son Took LSD Before Fatal Fall

Coroner rules Arthur Cave's death accidental

(Newser) - Before rocker Nick Cave's 15-year-old son fell to his death from a 60-foot cliff in July , he had taken LSD with a friend, a coroner's inquest heard Tuesday. The coroner deemed the cause of death "accidental," the AP reports; Arthur Cave died of multiple brain injuries... More »

Woman's Fingers Returned to Her 80 Years After Death

New Zealand is repatriating the remains of 37 individuals

(Newser) - When New Zealand educator Jessie Marguerite Fendell was found in a dry creek bed at the bottom of a cliff near the school where she worked in 1933, her family didn't believe that her death was an accident. So investigators exhumed her body three months later, sent her fingers... More »

Prosecutors: Man Stole Wife's $30K Diamond After Murder

Toni Henthorn's rock was missing after fall, but hand wasn't badly injured

(Newser) - A woman whose husband is charged with pushing her to her death off a cliff in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park was wearing her wedding ring when she died, but the expensive diamond was missing, a park ranger testified yesterday. Prosecutors say Harold Henthorn—charged with first-degree murder in... More »

Trial Begins for Man Accused of Shoving Wife Off Cliff

Harold Henthorn's lawyer says deaths of 2 wives were accidental

(Newser) - A man accused of pushing his second wife to her death off a cliff in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park might have killed his first wife in what also appeared to be a freak accident nearly 20 years earlier, prosecutors allege. They will make that argument when a federal... More »

Singer's Teen Son Dies in Cliff Fall

Arthur Cave found at the bottom of a 60-foot cliff in UK

(Newser) - The 15-year-old son of Australian singer Nick Cave, of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, has died after falling from a 60-foot cliff in the UK. Passersby came across Arthur Cave with life-threatening injuries yesterday on a path at the foot of the Ovingdean Gap in Brighton, about three miles... More »

Honeymooner Falls Off 'World's End' Cliff, Survives

It's 4K feet down, but a tree kept Mamitho Lendas from falling even close to that far

(Newser) - A newly married Dutch couple has narrowly avoided the "till death do us part" portion of their vows, according to the Sri Lankan military, which on Saturday said it rescued a 35-year-old who fell from the country's World's End cliff. AFP reports Mamitho Lendas was the first... More »

Woman Drives Off Cliff, Forced to Climb Back Up

Debbie Lopez, 57, spent 24 hours climbing steep terrain after days of waiting

(Newser) - Talk about the will to live. When 57-year-old Debbie Lopez was putting out a cigarette and steered her pickup truck off a cliff on the winding coastal Highway 1 near Ragged Point, Calif., last Saturday, she plunged 150 feet and landed upside down, where she waited for help for days,... More »

Camper Falls Off Ky. Cliff While Sleepwalking

Luckily, the Ohio man is expected to make a full recovery

(Newser) - Rescue crews say an Ohio man who was camping with friends in central Kentucky's Red River Gorge is recovering after falling from a cliff while sleepwalking. A Wolfe County rope technician tells WKYT that the Cincinnati man, whose name wasn't released, fell about 60 feet early Thursday and... More »

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