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A 33-year-old Belgian woman died when he fell from a height of 30 meters after pose for a selfie on the edge of a cliff during a trip with her husband.
Zoe Snoeks slipped off the cliff near the Luxembourg town of Nadrin on Tuesday and landed in the Ourthe River, Newsflash reported, citing the prosecutor’s office.
His body was recovered by a team of rescuers that included police officers, firefighters, divers and members of the Hazardous Environment Reconnaissance and Intervention Group.
Her husband, Joeri Janssen, whom she married in 2012, told the outlet that they drove to the scenic site Sunday in his truck.
“Since the pandemic, it was our little thing to drive around Europe in our van and take beautiful photos,” he said.
The couple, who were traveling with their dogs Joy and Ivy, planned to return to their home in Limburg province on the day of the tragedy.
“We got up very early to take pictures of the Herou,” he told Newsflash, referring to a 4,600-foot-high rock face that rises almost vertically above the Ourthe River.
He said his wife took photos on the edge of the cliff when “she told me to watch the dogs.
“I turned to the dogs and told them to wait. When I turned to Zoe, she was no longer there. She had just disappeared. It must have happened in less than five seconds, ”Janssen said.
“I didn’t see or hear anything. No creaking, no screaming or yelling. I looked up and saw only dust, ”he said. “I called her, even though I knew it was useless. The abyss was several tens of meters deep.
“I immediately called the emergency services, but I had almost no network. They didn’t understand me, even though I speak a little French, ”he said, adding that he ran to the nearby Le Belvedere hotel to seek help.
“The rescue team could not find Zoe immediately, they said in French. Then they told me that unfortunately Zoe was dead, also in French, but I immediately understood what they wanted to say, “he said.
“Taking photos was his passion. I immediately unlocked his phone and saw that he had taken a photo on the edge of the cliff. Her last selfie, ”said the grieving husband.
“Zoe is looking straight ahead. You can also see the fog and the river where they finally found her body, ”he added.
It was not immediately clear whether police are continuing to investigate the death.
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