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Harrowing last moment of student who stepped off cliff

Yahoo News Staff
·2-min read

A friend has described the harrowing last moments of a young student who died after accidentally stepping off a cliff.

In August, Oxford University student Simone Norowzian, 21, was staying with friends at an Airbnb in Margate, on England’s southeast coast, when she climbed over a railing to access the beach.

According to an inquest into her death, her friend William Hayman then heard a “short, sharp scream” as she accidentally walked off a seaside cliff.

KentOnline reports a statement from Mr Hayman read during the inquest said they had gone outside after a game of Truth or Dare.

“We decided to go to bed and Simone wanted a cigarette. She and I walked out into the car park and I realised she was very intoxicated,” he said in the statement.

“She was ahead of me by about 10 metres and walked towards the fence where the viewing binoculars were.

“As I shouted that there was a cliff, I heard a short, sharp scream.”

Simone Norowzian holds a glass of wine in a pub.
Simone Norowzian died after accidentally walking off a cliff. Source: Facebook

Mr Hayman said he yelled her name repeatedly before frantically calling an ambulance.

Young woman’s death ‘preventable and avoidable’

KentOnline reports Ms Norowzian’s sister Claire said she was a sensible woman and the death was preventable.

“She couldn’t clearly assess the danger. She thought she was climbing over the barrier to a hill to the beach,” the sister said.

“We believe her death was preventable and avoidable. We believe it is the council’s responsibility to prevent such a tragedy from being repeated.”

According to The Sun, Luke Glover, who works at the Thanet District Council, said the barriers were “what you would expect along a modern coastline”.

“It’s not often you would see people on the upper promenade at night,” he said.

“It’s probably better than a lot of areas in the UK in terms of clifftop safety.

Simone Norowzian smiles while holding a dog.
Simone Norowzian's death was ruled a tragic accident by the coroner. Source: JustGiving

“There are no defects with the lighting at that spot.”

Coroner Joanne Andrews told the inquest the death was “nothing other than a tragic accident”.

A JustGiving page established following Simone’s death described her as a “true bright star”.

“We are truly heartbroken,” the page says.

“But we are lucky enough to remember her as an inspirational daughter, sister and aunty. She was a true bright star, full of light and passion who was going to set the world alight.”

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