Tourist Falls to Death from Norway's Trolltunga Attraction
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A female tourist fell to her death from one of Norway's most popular attractions over the weekend, the Local reported.
The woman, identified as 24-year-old Kristi Kafcaloudis of Australia, was posing for a photo with a group of fellow students atop Trolltunga — a slab of rock hanging roughly 700 meters off the side of a mountain — when she slipped and fell several hundred meters.
Norwegian media outlet TV2 reported the woman fell between 200 and 300 meters Saturday night. Her body was recovered by Red Cross crews overnight.
"Many people wanted to step out to be photographed, and there was a queue. When it was her turn, she stepped over some rocks at the rock face. But she walked too far to the right and fell," said Hardanger police officer Terje Kvalvik via the Local.
Kafcaloudis had just recently moved to Norway to attend the University of Bergen.
In a statement to Norway's NRK, university rector Dag Rune Olsen offered condolences to the victim's family and friends and warned of the dangers posed by the unique attraction.
"We are terribly sorry about the tragic outcome of this accident. My thoughts are with the family, the parents and close relatives of the student. We are committed to taking care of the other students who were on the trip, and those who knew her. We will try to bring some clarity into what happened and to offer them to see a psychologist through UiB," he said.
"Many of our students come here because they like being in nature, and they then travel within Norway. We think that's good, but there are also risks. Maybe we need to inform our students of these risks to a greater extent than before."
This past weekend's tragedy comes less than one week after a French tourist fell to his death from the popular Na Muang Song waterfall in Koh Sumai, Thailand.
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