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College Student Posing For A Photo Falls Off Cliff To Her Death

Anna Bachman fatally fell off of a cliff in San Diego while taking photos (Photo via Facebook)
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A graduate student plunged to her death in San Diego this week after she posed for a photograph on a cliff.

Anna Bachman, 25, visited a tourist hotspot for watching sunsets at Sunset Cliffs in the Point Loma neighborhood on Sunday evening, according to NBC San Diego. She posed for a photo her sister was taking of her, but her misstep caused her to fall 40 to 50 feet below. Authorities responded to the accident around 5:30 p.m. They pronounced her dead at the scene and said alcohol was not a factor, N.Y. Daily News reported.

"All indications are this was just a terrible, tragic accident," San Diego Police Lt. Paul Phillips told NBC San Diego.

The University of Illinois at Chicago graduate student, who hailed from Cotati in Sonoma County, was visiting her sister at the time in San Diego. She was working on getting her master's degree in urban planning in Chicago and had graduated from U.C. Berkeley, according to Chicago Tribune.

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"Anna would put a hand out and help who ever needed it," her father Richard Bachman told the Chicago Tribune. "She had a great smile and great sense of humor."

He added that she had volunteered for Habitat for Humanity for three years.

San Diego resident Alycia Van Dover told NBC San Diego that although Sunset Cliffs is a popular tourist attraction, it is also known to be a dangerous area for people. "My worry is they're ignorant about how the cliffs work," she said. "Some of them are overhangs and if you get too close, you don't want it to erode underneath you."