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Woman slips, dies after taking photos at California waterfall

A California woman taking a selfie fell to her death Friday after officials say she lost her footing and fell over the edge of a waterfall

The woman, who was not immediately identified, was taking photos at the falls in Emerald Bay, on the west side of Lake Tahoe in the northeastern part of the state, officials said. She lost her footing and went over, the North Tahoe Fire Protection District said.

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“Crews from the Tahoe Truckee Regional Rescue Team responded to Eagle Falls in Emerald Bay to recover the body of a young woman who was taking photos at the falls, lost her footing and went over,” a statement read.

Officials did not identify the woman and provided little details surrounding her death. They did, however, issue a warning to park visitors to be more cautious while exploring the trails. (North Tahoe Fire Protection District)

In the post, the district said, “This is a sad reminder to be cautious when taking selfies and other photos in dangerous areas. Don’t under estimate the power of water falls, rivers, and cold water temperatures.”

An Oregon State University student recently died while trying to take a picture at a popular mountain lookout, police said last month.

Michelle Casey, 22, was on a hike with her boyfriend at Neahkahnie Mountain when police say she stepped over a retaining wall and slipped, falling to her death.

Authorities were able to recover her body from the near vertical drop after finding that she landed in a tree which prevented her from continuing into the ocean.

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