Zoe Snoeks Belgium woman plunges 100ft to her death while posing for her husband along cliff who had momentarily turned his back to attend to their dogs. Incident occurs along rock at Nadrin in Luxembourg province.
Her very last selfie. A woman has fallen 100ft to her death while posing for a photo for her husband along the edge of a cliff in Belgium.
Zoe Snoeks, 33, was posing near the village of Nadrin in Belgium’s Luxembourg province on Tuesday morning while touring the country with husband, Joeri Janssen.
The wife, who lived in the province of Limburg with her school sweetheart whom she married in 2012, slipped and plunged into a river below when her husband’s back was turned.
‘I looked at our two dogs for a moment. At that time Zoe was gone. Without a word or a shout. She just wasn’t there anymore,’ Janssen told local media.
The public prosecutor’s office in Luxembourg Province said she slipped on the cliff edge and fell into the Ourthe River.
Police, firefighters and scuba divers rushed to the scene along with a medical helicopter from Bra-sur-Lienne, and the rescue team later found her body.
Husband Joeri said: ‘We only left on Sunday in our campervan. Since the pandemic, it was our little thing to drive across Europe in our van and take beautiful photos.’
The couple always took their dogs Joy and Ivy as well as a drone for taking aerial images of their travels.
The couple were due to return home to Limburg on the day Snoeks fell to her death and had awoken early to see a 4,500ft vertical rock face.
Janssen said: ‘We got up very early to take pictures of the Herou. There is almost always mist there. It’s great for photos. We arrived before 9am.’
He explained that his wife was posing for photos on the edge of the cliff when ‘she told me to look out for the dogs’.
‘I turned to the dogs and told them to wait. When I turned back to Zoe, she was no longer there. She had just vanished. It must have happened in less than five seconds.
‘I didn’t see or hear anything. No rustling, no screams or shouts. I looked up and saw only dust.’
‘I called her, even though I knew it was hopeless. The chasm was several tens of metres deep.
‘I immediately called the emergency services, but had almost no network. They didn’t understand me, even though I speak a little French.’
The husband said he went to the nearby Le Belvedere Hotel to ask for help, adding: ‘The rescue team could not find Zoe immediately, they said in French.
‘Then they told me that unfortunately Zoe was dead, also in French, but I immediately understood what they meant.’
The ‘incident’ left family members heart-broken reported De Telegraf.
‘Her very last selfie’
‘This is of course a tragedy,’ the victim’s mother-in-law Paula Pinxten told the outlet. ‘The accident must have happened during a walk, but the exact circumstances are still unclear to me. It took divers and a helicopter to find her. They thought she had fallen into the water, but she was eventually found on the bank.’
Explained the husband further: ‘Taking photos was her passion. I immediately unlocked her phone and saw that she had taken a photo on the cliff edge. Her very last selfie.
‘Zoe is looking straight ahead. You can also see the mist and the river where they finally found her body.
‘The emergency services said Zoe fell at least 30 metres. I saw this place with my own eyes. I even think it was more like 50 metres.’