Hiker plunges 45ft to her death after trying to retrieve camera gear that had fallen into waterfall

Hiker plunges 45ft to her death after trying to retrieve camera gear that had fallen into waterfall

AN AUSSIE woman has died on a hiking trip with friends after attempting to retrieve her camera gear.

The hiker, in her 20s, slipped from a waterfall at the Lamington National Park while trying to get her tripod back.

GettyElabana Falls, one of the waterfalls in Lamington National Park[/caption]

Cops said the group had stopped to take photographs using the tripod when it slid down a slope.

But the woman accidentally dropped and fell her tripod 10 metres off the slope while trying to get it back.

Three off-duty doctors who were in the area at the time attempted to save her, the Courier Mail reported.

An official said: “Her friends were calling out her name but she was unresponsive.”

Rescue services were soon called to the scene, but the woman had passed away already.

It took emergency services six hours to recover the woman’s body.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said crews worked throughout the night to retrieve the body.

“It took a while for crews to locate the woman, set up and do a risk assessment,” the spokesperson said.

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