A Belgian man became widowed after his spouse fell to her death while trying to take a selfie photo on Nov. 2.
Zoe Snoeks tripped and plunged down a cliff just before 9 a.m. in Nadrin, Limburg province. The 33 year-old was vacationing with her husband and two dogs, Joy and Ivy, at the time of the accident.
The woman became distracted while posing for a social media photo at the cliff edge before fatally descending about 100 feet.
Search and rescue teams from the Perilous Environment Reconnaissance and Intervention (PERI) Group performed the painstaking task of finding and recovering the woman’s lifeless body.
This tragically ended the couple’s vacation to the scenic destination.
“Since the pandemic it was our little thing to drive across Europe in our van and take beautiful photos,” grieving husband Joeri Janssen said according to the New York Post.
He revealed the location’s misty atmosphere was perfect for taking early morning photos. However, it also made it harder for Snoeks to watch her step.
“I turned to the dogs and told them to wait,” Janssen said according to the paper. “When I turned back to Zoe she was no longer there, she had just vanished–it must have happened in less than five seconds.”
Janssen is still trying to understand exactly how his loved one died.
“I did not see or hear anything, no rustling, screams or shouts,” he said. “I looked up and saw only dust, I called her even though I knew it was hopeless–the chasm was several tens of meters deep.”
He eventually recovered the last selfie Snoeks took before falling to her death.
“I immediately unlocked her phone and saw that she had taken a photo on the cliff edge,” he said. “Her very last selfie, Zoe is looking straight ahead. You can also see the mist and the river where they finally found her body.”