A California woman visiting the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan fell to her death this week while said to be taking a selfie, according to National Park Service officials.

The woman — who has been ID’d as Tu Thanh Nguyen, 32, of Sunnyvale, California, according to WLUC-News — was hiking alone on Wednesday.

Roughly a half-mile away from park’s Grand Portal Point, she stopped to take a selfie.  She then fell 200 feet off the cliff edge and landed in Lake Superior below (about the height of a 20-story building).

Two kayakers saw Nguyen fall and rushed to retrieve her, and once back on shore, a kayak company called for help. The Detroit Free Press cites Michigan State University datathat shows the lake would’ve been a chilly 45 degrees when Nguyen fell in.

The 42-mile-long park along the lake’s southeastern shore has 15 miles of cliffs, according to the National Park Service, and Congress designated Pictured Rocks as the first official U.S. national lakeshore in 1966. 

Nguyen’s death was ruled an accident following an investigation by the National Park Service and Alger County authorities.


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