College student dies after falling off cliff while posing for a photo

17 April, 2019, 16:41 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Andrea Norton

A 20-year-old university student was killed after falling off a cliff in the Ozark National Forest, officials said.

"Norton was apparently moving from one are of the [Hawksbill] Crag to another when she lost her footing and fell approximately one hundred feet", authorities said in a statement.

Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler says Andrea Norton was fatally injured on Saturday when she accidentally fell from a rock formation near Jasper, about 101 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Andrea Norton, 20, was a student and volleyball player at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. First responders recovered Andrea's body by rappelling down the cliff and bringing her up in a litter. She was a triple major in biology, environmental science and global studies.

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Andrea was hiking with her classmates from Briar Cliff University when the accident happened. "Hawksbill Crag is a spectacular location that thousands of people visit and enjoy each year", Wheeler said. The school is working out arrangements with Norton's family for a memorial service in the near future, a BCU spokeswoman said Sunday afternoon.

"But, one stumble or misstep is all it can take to turn a great day into a tragic one", he added. "Everybody talks about that light" in her whether or not they knew the meaning of her names.

Norton was on scholarship at BCU for symphony choir and women's volleyball, according to The Journal.

Black Hills Juniors Volleyball Club, a team Norton played with in the past, posted a tribute on Facebook, saying, "She was a vibrant young lady with an infectious smile that will be missed by many". Andrea also "embodied BCU's values in everything she did including her compassion for all, a love for the environment and an openness to everyone she met", BCU said in a press release.

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