British woman who plunged to her death from 'selfie hotspot' in Australia 'had been taking drugs'

George Martin
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 Madalyn Davis died in January this year. (GoFundMe)
Madalyn Davis died in January this year. (GoFundMe)

A British tourist who died after falling off a cliff at an Australian “selfie hospot” had been taking drugs, a coroner has said.

Madalyn Davis, 21, fell 262ft (80m) at Diamond Bay, Sydney in January this year having been in Australia for a number of weeks after travelling in Thailand and Bali.

Nottinghamshire assistant coroner Gordon Clow said alcohol and traces of drugs were found in her bloodstream after her body was recovered.

He said they would have "impaired Ms Davis' ability to make decisions and balance" after toxicology report showed she had consumed double the UK drink-drive alcohol limit.

Rock cliff side at Diamond Bay, Sydney, Australia
Her body was found at Diamond Bay, Sydney. (Getty)

A toxicology report also showed she there was evidence she had taken amphetamines, cocaine, ketamine and MDMA.

Clow recorded a conclusion of misadventure and said the death of the Lincoln woman was "a great tragedy".

He considered both the police investigations into Davis's death and an Australian coroner's report before reaching his verdict.

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Davis had been to a house party the evening before her death and gone with seven other people from there to Dover Heights to watch the sun rise.

The group had gone to the "a selfie hotspot where people climb over the fencing" to access the cliff tops, Clow said.

Davis had continued to drink vodka and the group were "all seriously affected by drugs and alcohol".

Clow said: "There is no safe way to consume alcohol and drugs, her death was at a beauty spot which people seek to enjoy, it will doubtless not be the last.

"It was a very great tragedy of someone trying to live their life to the full".

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