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Body of German tourist recovered after fatal waterfall jump

Police divers recovered the body of a German tourist below Dangar Falls today.
Police divers recovered the body of a German tourist below Dangar Falls today.

THE body of a German tourist, who died while jumping over the Dangar Falls, near Dorrigo, was recovered by police divers this afternoon.    

Police determined the incident to be 'death by misadventure', after the 19-year-old was reported missing feared drowned in the lagoon beneath the falls.  

The woman was last seen by friends after she jumped from the top of the 30-metre high falls, situated 1km north of the town, on Monday about 4.10pm.   

Police were told she resurfaced briefly and then went under and was not seen again.   

Paramedics and State Emergency Service volunteers helped police with a search for the woman but to no avail.   

Police divers from Sydney arrived in the region this afternoon and searched the Bielsdown River.   

The woman's body was found this afternoon about 4pm.   

Investigating officers are dealing with the German Consulate and Interpol to make contact with the woman's family.   

She had been holidaying in Australia with friends for a couple of months before arriving on the North Coast, police said.   

The waterhole is a popular jumping spot and has been the scene of previous tragedies.   

 

9AM: A GERMAN tourist is missing feared drowned after she jumped from Dangar Falls near Dorrigo. 

Police said the 19-year-old woman jumped from the falls, situated 1km north of Dorrigo, with friends on Monday around 4.10pm. 

The woman was seen to resurface briefly before she disappeared underwater, witnesses said.   

Local police, paramedics and State Emergency Service volunteers mounted an extensive search of the lagoon. 

Police divers are travelling to Dorrigo today in the hope of recovering the woman's body in the Bielsdown River. 

Investigating officers are dealing with the German Consulate and Interpol to make contact with the woman's family. 

She had been holidaying in Australia with friends for a couple of months before arriving on the North Coast, police said. 

Topics:  backpacker dorrigo drowning german tourist



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