Hiker falls 1,000 feet to death after ledge slip

Hiker falls 1,000 feet to death after ledge slip

Hiker falls 1,000 feet to death after ledge slip

A woman plunged 1,000 feet to her death after slipping off the edge of a cliff while hiking on a mountain in Italy.

“The news that came tonight about the tragic death of the young Maria Cristina Masocco, which took place in the afternoon in the mountains, hits us in a really deep way,” lamented Viviana Fusaro, the mayor of Feltre, Belluno, located in the Veneto region, where the accident took place.

The disaster happened around 4pm on Sunday while Masocco, who lived in Feltre, was hiking with three friends in the Dolomites, the highest peak at nearly 11,000 feet, Newsflash reported.

They were reportedly walking single file along a ledge through a pass, when the alpinist slipped and fell “screaming” into a ravine and out of sight, witnesses told the outlet.

Mariacristina Masocco, 26, poses in an undated photo.  She was hiking with three friends from Punta del Comedon towards Passo del Comedon when she slipped and fell into the gorge, in Belluno, Italy, on Sunday, November 20, 2022. (Newsflash)
Mariacristina Masocco (above) was hiking with three friends when she slipped and fell into a ravine to her death.
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Her terrified travel companions then called the emergency services, who sent a rescue helicopter to the scene. But by the time they reached Masocco, she was already dead, according to their reports.

Needless to say, the local community was shaken by the mountaineer’s untimely passing.

“In these hours, no words can ease the intimate suffering of the mother, younger sister and friends,” Fusaro mourned. “I want to express to them the sincere closeness of the whole community, which joins in an embrace of their great pain.”

The tragedy follows a rash of hiking deaths around the world.

The accident happened while Mariacristina Masocco (26) slipped while hiking with friends in the Dolomites in Italy.

The accident happened while Mariacristina Masocco (26) slipped while hiking with friends in the Dolomites in Italy.


“The news that came tonight about the tragic death of the young Maria Cristina Masocco, which took place in the afternoon in the mountains, hits us in a really deep way,” said Viviana Fusaro, the mayor of Felte, where the tragedy occurred. .


Masocco and her friends had been single-file through a pass when she slipped and fell screaming into the void.

Masocco and her friends had been single-file through a pass when she slipped and fell screaming into the void.


β€œIn these hours, no words can ease the intimate suffering of the mother, younger sister and friends […].” She added: β€œI want to express to them the sincere closeness of the whole community, which joins in an embrace of their great pain.”


Masocco and her friends had gone down the mountain.
Masocco and her friends had gone down the mountain.
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Masocco's hometown of Felte was shaken by the alpinist's loss.
Masocco’s home town of Feltre was rocked by the climber’s death.
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In September, a 79-year-old man fell to his death while hiking with his two daughters at Purling Brook Falls in Springbrook, Australia.

Meanwhile, in August, two hikers died days apart after falling from separate cliffs less than five miles apart in Oregon.

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