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Student 'killed instantly' in rock fall on beach

Georgina Le Fjord was celebrating the end of her exams.

signs Signs at the beach Source: PA

A 23-YEAR-OLD STUDENT was killed instantly in a rock fall on a Welsh beach, the inquest into her death has been told.

Georgina Le Fjord (23) was celebrating the end of her A-level exams with friend Martha Ormerod at Llantwit Major beach in the Vale of Glamorgan in June when the incident happened.

The BBC reports that assistant coroner Thomas Atherton recorded a conclusion of accidental death, calling it a “terrible tragedy”.

cliff The rock formation on Llantwit Major beach. Source: PA

In a statement read at the hearing, Ormerod said they were sitting about 15ft (4.5m) away from the rocks.

As we were sat down enjoying our picnic I heard a sudden noise behind me. I turned around and saw Georgie lying on her front. At first I thought she had managed to dive out of the way.

Ormerod said she realised this wasn’t the case when she saw “a lot of blood”.

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wales A tribute at the beach. Source: PA

The Telegraph notes that Ormerod and passersby began administering first aid, but it was too late to save the young woman.

The inquest was told be Le Fjord’s family that she was “the happiest she had ever been” after suffering from depression.

PC Mark John said breaking the news to her boyfriend Paul Biggs was the most distressing incident he has experienced in his police career.

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