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Student, 21, dies accidentally walking off cliff

Oxford University student died after accidentally walking off a cliff after a night drinking with pals, an inquest heard.

Simone Norowzian, 21, had been staying with friends in Margate, Kent, when she climbed over a railing and plummeted to her death.

A heartbroken pal told an inquest he heard a “short, sharp scream” moments after the English and classics student fell from the sheer drop, Kent Online reports.

Emergency crews were scrambled to the seaside town at around 3.40am on August 28 but Simone was tragically declared dead at the scene after suffering a severe head injury.

Her heartbroken family are now urging Thanet District Council to “prevent such a tragedy from being repeated” and believe Simone’s death was avoidable.

The inquest heard how the drama enthusiast had been visiting Kent over the August bank holiday last year.

She had enjoyed dinner and drinks with pals at a local Wetherspoon pub before the group returned to her Airbnb for a game of Truth or Dare.

Simone decided to head out for a cigarette before bed with friend William Hayman, who realised she was “very intoxicated” when they got outside.

He told the hearing: “She was ahead of me by about 10 metres and walked towards the fence where the viewing binoculars were.

“As I shouted that there was a cliff, I heard a short, sharp scream.”

Simone had unwittingly clambered over the railings that run along the cliff-edge and on to a strip of grass thinking it led to the beach.

But tragically the final year student instead plunged from a sheer drop on the promenade below.

A tribute reads: “We cannot believe that our beautiful Atousa is no longer with us.

“We are truly heartbroken. But we are lucky enough to remember her as an inspirational daughter, sister and aunty.


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