British woman Madalyn Davis dies in Sydney cliff fall

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Madalyn Davis, 21, from Lincolnshire, had been in Australia for a number of weeks

A British woman has died falling from a cliff in Australia.

Madalyn Davis, 21, was fatally injured at Diamond Bay, Sydney, on Sunday. Emergency crews were alerted by a group of people who could not find her after taking photos there.

Signs warn tourists to stay away from the cliff edge and the local mayor said the height of fences in the area had been increased.

Ms Davis, from Lincoln, had been in Australia for a number of weeks.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 06:30 local time, following reports she had fallen off the cliff, in the eastern suburbs of the city.

Her body was retrieved from the water about four hours later.

In a tweet posted on Saturday night, Marine Rescue New South Wales said: "Emergency services were alerted after a group of people taking photos inside the fence early this morning regathered and could not find the woman."

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Another woman died in a 30m (98ft) fall on to rocks at nearby Vaucluse Reserve in August last year, according to Australian press.

Warning signs posted by the local authority, Waverley Council, urge people to stay away from the cliff edge.

Speaking to Reuters news agency, mayor of Waverley Paula Masselos said: "We're actually working closely with the police on this at the moment.

"We've already increased the height of our fences, we've added additional multilingual signage."

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Tourists have been warned of the dangers of taking selfies on the cliffs at Diamond Bay, near Sydney
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The warning signs have been mounted on fencing by the local authority, Waverley Council

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In a statement, the FCO said: "Staff at the British Consulate in Sydney are in contact with local authorities following the death of a British woman."

According to her social media channels on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, Ms Davis was a beautician specialising in eyelashes and had been travelling in Thailand and Bali before heading out to Australia.

She had been posting photos online of her work and travels.

Heather Widdup, principal of Retford Oaks Academy where Ms Davis was a former pupil, said: "Madalyn was a much-liked, popular and well-respected member of the academy community, with many of our staff team recalling her time at Retford Oaks fondly.

"Madalyn joined the academy in the latter stages of her secondary education, had a keen interest in and an obvious talent for art and design, and had done well in her GCSEs.

"Our deepest condolences go out to Madalyn's family and friends at this very difficult time."

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Ms Davis posted photos of her eyelash work on her Instagram account

On Instagram, @ashleighgw posted: "RIP Maddie πŸ’– Absolutely heartbreaking. You were a truly a lovely, beautiful person inside and out! Spent my wedding morning with you when you did my make up! You were so talented. My love and thoughts are with your family at this devastating time. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– xxxxxxxxxx"

And @susieredus said: "What a beautiful soul. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. May you all find peace in having known such an amazing spirit here on earth.πŸ’”πŸ™πŸΌ"

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