British backpacker dies in Aussie cliff top fall watching sunrise.


A British pack-packer has died after falling off a cliff in Sydney.

Rescue teams were called to the Diamond Bay clifftops just after 06.30 following reports a person had fallen.

The body of a young woman was recovered from the water about four hours later.

The local newspaper named the woman as Madalyn Davis, 21, a make-up artist from Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

She’d only been in Australia for a few weeks.

Madalyn had been at a party the night before.

She left with seven friends in the early hours to watch the sun rise from the cliff tops.

It’s believed they climbed over a fence to sit on the cliff edge and take pictures.

Madalyn had been at a party in Vaucluse, a Sydney suburb, on Saturday night, before she and seven friends decided to head to the cliffs in the early hours.

They are believed to have climbed a fence to sit on the edge of a cliff to watch the sunrise.


On Sunday afternoon, Madalyn’s mother, Rebecca Smith, had desperately tried to contact her daughter.

She posted online: “Anyone seen Maddie?

“Not been able to get hold of her please get in touch if you were out with her last night.”

Her parents later confirmed Madalyn – described online as a “free spirit” and “beautiful inside and out”  – had died.

Another family member wrote:

“Thank you for all your beautiful condolences for Madalyn Davis and her family – it is an absolute tragedy to which nothing has been confirmed.”

Police said they are investigating Madalyn’s death.

The police statement said: “An investigation is underway.

“A report will be prepared for the coroner.”


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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