College student falls to death while taking pictures

Michelle Casey, 21, was hiking with her boyfriend along the northern Oregon coast when she slipped and fell about 100 feet, officials said.
1:57 | 05/24/19

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how pursuing that perfect picture can turn deadly, this after an Oregon college student plunged to her death and ABC's Paula Faris has more on this. Reporter: Good morning. Such a tragic story. Her boyfriend stepped over a retaining wall at this scenic area on the Oregon coast. She followed him where he says she slipped and fell while taking photos. My friend, she slipped. She fell. She fell. Reporter: This is the panicked call to 911 that mashl Casey's boyfriend made after the 21-year-old college student slipped and fell 100 feet from a cliff at this popular scenic beach near Portland, Oregon. According to police, Michelle was taking photos at the time of her fall after investigators say she and her boyfriend climbed over a retaining wall. But her family emphasizes in a statement to ABC news, her phone was in her pocket at the moment she slipped from a rock. We see people that get up on thretaining wall and get on the other side. Obviously it's very dangerous. Reporter: It took first responders over two hours to bring Michelle back up and fly her to a hospital where she later died from her injuries. The latest reminder of the sometimes deadly consequences of pursuing that perfect picture in dangerous places. Earlier this among Riley Hamilton fell five stories from a Manhattan rooftop reportedly taking pictures at the time. She survived that fall but suffered critical injuries and in April Fordham university senior Sidney monfries lunged to her death inside this landmark clock tower all while trying to take pictures from the iconic site. In March, a man plunged 1,000 feet to his death at the grand canyon while taking photos. A study revealed 259 selfie deaths since 2011. Every month this year someone has either died or been critically injured taking a selfie. It's not worth your own life. Such an important reminder. It's a tough one.

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