By Natalie Williams • 05 November 2021 • 10:00
Selfie tragedy: An avaricious sightseer and photographer fell to her death whilst posing for a picture on a cliff edge.
Zoe Snoeks, 33, was enjoying her usual morning out on Tuesday, November 3 in the beautiful countryside of the village of Nadrin in Luxembourg when she fell to her death whilst posing for a selfie on a cliff edge.
Zoe and her husband were seasoned walkers and knew the area well. They regularly went out early in the morning with their two dogs, Joy and Ivy, as well as a drone to take aerial images of their journeys.
According to local reports, Zoe fell approximately 100 feet where she sadly met her death. The public prosecutors in the Luxembourg office claimed that she slipped and fell into the Ourthe River.
Zoe’s husband Joeri, who she had been married to since 2012, said “we got up very early to pictures of the Herou, a 1,400-metre high rock face that rises almost vertically above the Ourthe River. There is almost always mist there. It’s great for photos. We arrived before 9 am”.
He went on to say that his wife was getting into position posing for a selfie when “she told me to look out for the dogs, I turned to them and told them to wait. When I turned back to Zoe, she was no longer there. She had just vanished. It must have happened in less than 5 seconds.”
“I didn’t hear anything. No rustling, no screams or shouts. I looked up and saw only dust.”
“I called her, even though I knew it was hopeless. The chasm was several tens of metres deep. I immediately called the emergency services but had almost no network. They didn’t understand me, even though I speak a little French”. He went to the nearby Le Belvedere Hotel to ask for help, adding, “the rescue team could not find Zoe immediately, they said in French. Then they told me that unfortunately, Zoe was dead, also in French, but I immediately understood what they said.”
A team of rescuers from GRIMP (Groupe de Recherche et d’Intervention en Milieu Perilleux (Perilous Environment Reconnaissance and Intervention Group)) and also scuba divers along with a medical helicopter from Bra-sur-Liene were scrambled to the scene and later located the body.
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