Woman Falls To Death While Taking Pictures Of Friend

| by Reve Fisher
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An Oregon woman died after accidentally falling into a river.

Sydney Craft, a 23-year-old from Roseburg, Oregon, was found dead after falling about 90 feet to the edge of the North Umpqua River July 31.

Around noon, Craft was taking pictures of a male friend who had been jumping into the river. She was standing on rocks and lost her footing, causing her to fall down a cliff to the bank of the river, according to Sheriff Captain Dwes Hutson.

"These things are very unfortunate," Hutson said, as reported by The Oregonian. "This was a tragic accident."

Craft was profoundly injured when her friend called 911 at 12:15 p.m. Although he attempted to perform CPR, the 23-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

On the Oregonian Facebook page, local residents left a variety of comments. Some people knew her and her family, as she was the co-owner of Canoa Sport Company, a popular local business that rented out kayaks and scooters, according to the Daily Mail.

"If this is the same young woman who owned and operated an adventure sport store/rental.... She was an awesome person and loved life and everyone in it," wrote one user. "R.I.P. Sydney Craft. Thoughts and prays to her family and friends."

"I have known this woman since she was a wee girl," said another. "Prayers for her and her amazing family, tears falling for them tonight, Heart aching alongside you all. I can't imagine how horrible it must be."

However, some people left dismissive comments about Craft’s death.

"The disregard for the loss of a human life here is so disgusting," wrote an angry Oregonian. "I can't beleive how flippant and snide some folks can be."

Many people were sympathetic toward Craft and her family’s loss.

"Its a sad day in Oregon," someone wrote. "There are so many that fall or get lost on the hikes. People visiting need to know the conditions. Ask along the way or the rangers can tell you things you may not think about. You really need to know your footing. It's slick in some places that does not get sun! My condolences to the family and friends."

"I think many of us have taken stupid risks in our youth," said another user. "Most of us survive. I have no judgment for this poor girl and nothing but compassion for her family and friends."

Sources: The Oregonian, The Oregonian/Facebook, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Terry Richard via The Oregonian

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