Instagram user who loved hiking and posing for risky photographs plunged to her death on Saturday while taking selfies at the edge of a waterfall in Hong Kong.
Sofia Cheung, 32, slipped and plummeted off the Tsing Dai stream in Tuen Mun, near the district of Yuen Long at about 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, according to the report.
Cheung was active on Instagram earlier that day before she set off with three of her friends for a day trip to the scenic nature area of Ha Pak Lai.
She was known for sharing daring shots in beautiful places on her Instagram page, hike.sofi.
“Better days are coming,” her last Instagram post, featuring Cheung kneeling on the beach with a boogie board, said. “They are called: Saturday and Sunday.”
Cheung and her friends visited the scenic stream and she was taking selfies when she slipped and fell over the steep drop, tumbling into the 16ft deep pool below.
Her friends called the emergency services who took her to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan in Hong Kong, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The area of Ha Pak Lai, situated near Pineapple Mountain, is a popular spot for hikers, especially at sunset as it has picturesque views.
Cheung was well-known among her social media fans for her risky adventures, and she would often share photos of herself hanging off cliff edges and scaling mountaintops overlooking steep drops.
Her Instagram page of over 16,000 followers, lists interests of “hiking, kayaking, explorer, outdoor activities, photography.”
“Life should be fun not dumb,” Cheung wrote in her bio.
This was not the first time someone fell to her death while taking photos.
In September last year, a Kenyan woman fell into a dam at Chepkiit Waterfalls and drowned while trying to pose for a photo with her fiancé during picnic.
In November 2019, a French tourist fell to his death while taking a selfie at Thai waterfall.
Also in December 2018, a woman fell to her death while taking a selfie on 27th floor balcony.