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Thursday 22 August 2019

Student 'took lots of selfies' before Cliffs of Moher fall death

Anand Goel died in January
Anand Goel died in January

A German couple saw a student take "lots of selfies" moments before he fell to his death at the Cliffs of Moher.

At an inquest in Ennis yesterday, Clare County Coroner Isobel O'Dea returned a verdict of accidental death for Indian national Anand Goel (26) at the beauty spot on the afternoon of January 4.

"It is quite clear that Mr Goel was taking selfies in what proved to be a very dangerous place," she said.

In a statement, German tourist Nadine Stoeckl said that the Trinity College student "was taking selfies, lots of them" at the cliff edge just after 3pm that day.

Mr Goel had travelled from Dublin earlier that day as part of a tour.

Ms Stoeckl was with her boyfriend, Leo Voehringer, on the cliff walk leading to Hag's Head "and we were discussing how dangerous it was where he was sitting".

Crazy

"He was sitting with his back to the sea, and the sun was to the right of him, and he was taking selfies straight at him facing the camera with the sea in the background," she added.

In his statement, Mr Voehringer said they were 15 metres away from Mr Goel.

"We were standing there for around two or three minutes saying how crazy this is," he said.

"I told my girlfriend not to look at him anymore - we kept turning around to watch him."

Ms Stoeckl added: "Myself and my boyfriend were chatting and then I looked around and I saw the man who had been taking the selfies falling.

"He was about two metres into his fall and his body was in a star shape, with hands and legs out.

"I thought I was seeing things... I then heard a scream - I then heard a splash. I was in shock."

A post-mortem examination found Mr Goel died from severe skull damage, consistent with a fall.

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