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Young Woman Dies Taking Photos at Tahoe’s Eagle Falls

View of Lake Tahoe over Eagle Falls. Photo by Joe Parks

A young woman was taking photos at the overlook of Eagles Falls near Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe when she lost her footing and fell to her death. The woman was not identified and emergency responders are asking visitors to avoid the area while they complete the investigation.

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

Northern California has been riddled with photo/selfie related deaths in the past year.

On September 4, 2018, 18-year-old Tomer Frankfurter was visiting California from Israeli and hiking with a group he met on the popular 5.4-mile hike to Nevada Fall. But when he decided to duplicate a popular photo similar to one at Brazil’s Telegraph Rock, he fell nearly 600 feet to his death while.

In October 2018, a Bay Area couple who were travel bloggers and Instagram influencers fell to their deaths on Taft Point in Yosemite. A Berkeley law student fell off Southern Oregon’s Toketee Falls in August 2018. And in July 2018, a 30-year-old man was killed jumping off Burney Falls.

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