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Woman falls to her death off San Diego cliff: Chicago grad student dead on scene

A woman posing for pictures plunged to her death off Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, California on Sunday evening. Anna Bachman, 25, was visiting from Chicago when her and her sister went to the coastal cliffs, which is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, according to NBC News on Jan. 13.

Woman falls to her death of Sunset Cliffs in San Diego. Chicgo graduate student visiting her sister fell while taking photos and died.
Woman falls to her death of Sunset Cliffs in San Diego. Chicgo graduate student visiting her sister fell while taking photos and died.
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Bachman was posing for a picture at the time that the terrible accident happened. The graduate student fell 40-50 feet and bystanders rushed down the cliffs to help. Her sister witnessed the fall.

Two nurses happened to be among the folks there at the time and they performed CPR while waiting for the emergency medical responders to arrive.

The nurses and the emergency responders worked on Bachman to no avail. The police closed the roads down in the area while they retrieved the body. A crisis counselor was called for Bachman’s sister who witnessed the entire event. Counselors were also made available for any of the other witnesses.

Bachman was in San Diego visiting her sister and the two had been posing for pictures at the time she slipped and went over the edge. Police report that all indications point to this being just a horrible accident. There is no indication that alcohol was involved in Buchman’s fall, reports San Diego Police Lt. Paul Philips.

People in the area report that the Sunset Cliffs are dangerous if you get too close. Many of the jagged edges are overhangs and will collapse under your weight if you step on them. The rocks get slippery with just the least bit of moisture on them, so getting too close to the edge is very dangerous. Phillips emphasized the need to exercise caution when visiting the cliffs.