Woman Falls to Death Taking Photo on Cliff to Celebrate End of Coronavirus Lockdown

Woman Falls to Death Taking Photo on Cliff to Celebrate End of Coronavirus Lockdown

A woman from Kazakhstan fell over 100 feet to her death on Sunday after she climbed a safety barrier to take a photo celebrating the end of her city's pandemic lockdown.

The woman, Olesia Suspitsina, 31, was on a hike in Antalya's Duden Park after an extended lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While on the hike, Suspitsina climbed a safety barrier and asked her friend to take a picture of her on the edge of a cliff near waterfalls in the park. Sadly, she subsequently slipped on wet grass and fell over 100 feet. Authorities were able to find Suspitsina's body in the water below the falls and eventually ruled the death an accident.

She had worked as a tour guide for several years, with relatives and friends describing her as a "smart and cheerful person" who was highly passionate about the area. Turkey currently has the seventh most coronavirus cases in the world at over 122,000 and over 3,200 deaths, though the country is currently taking steps to relax lockdown rules without initiating a second wave of cases. Sadly, Suspitsina's death is another strong reminder that no photo is worth risking life and limb for. 

Lead image by Saffron Blaze, used under Creative Commons.

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Tom Reichner's picture

"..... fell over 100 feet to her death ......"

This reminds me of the climber's axiom that every foot you fall adds one percent to the likelihood that you die from the fall:

Fall 10 feet, there is a 10% chance that you will die. Fall 30 feet, a 30% chance that you die. Fall 80 feet, then there's an 80% chance that you die. Etc, etc, etc.

Looks like that mountain climber's adage worked itself out in this scenario.

super steel_'s picture

so best to be near cliffs of up to 99 feet? that way you may live. ;/

just trying to understand. shes from Kazakhstan who fell while in turkey?
their death rate is far lower then others though. in proportion to the us, theyre at "only" 13000

belgiam france and sweden are not doing well at all. we know about italy and spain.
belgiam is with 221,000 deaths in proportion to the us
france is 121,000 deaths in proportion to the us
and sweden has a no lockdown policy that has people dying like flies.
they have 85,500 deaths in proportion to the usa.
theyre thinking about the economy so they have no restrictions at all.

Bernie Bros's picture

What? I don’t think you know what “proportion” means and no, the us does not “have no restrictions at all”.

I don’t know how you packed so much misinformation into a single post.

super steel_'s picture

ah mr bernie. ok, now I see.
I didnt say anything about the us and restrictions. sweden has no lockdown restrictions. everything is voluntary. masks distancing isolating. the majority are walking around freely in groups with no masks.

Bernie Bros's picture

No one will know the death rate until we have a handle on the number infected. However, the US never ran out of ventilators or intensive care beds, unlike much of Europe and the rest of the world. Therefore, there’s no reason to believe a patient in the US would be at any greater risk of dying, since treatment is readily available.

Preventing infection indefinitely was never the purpose of these restrictions. Everyone will eventually be exposed to covid. A vaccine may never come. The purpose was to prevent a surge of patients overwhelming medical capacity, and that was successful in the US. Now it’s time to try and minimize the number of deaths and injury, economic and otherwise caused by the economy shutting down, and routine medical care being inaccessible.

Tom Reichner's picture

I don't know what you mean when you say, "in proportion to the U.S." Could you please explain that? Also, you never said how COVID deaths there were in the U.S., so that makes the proportion thing even more confusing. I just want to understand what you wrote more fully than I do now, and some clarification would help me with that. Thanks.

super steel_'s picture

usa has more population at 330million vs . adjust for usa population

66000 deaths in the us.
belgium population 11.46
france population 67 million
sweden population 10.23

Tom Reichner's picture

So the number of deaths you gave, how were those numbers changed from the actual numbers, to account for the difference in population? You need to say how the numbers were arrived at before you go posting them. Explaining how they were calculated is what needs to be done. We need completely explained ideas and statistics, not fragments that leave things out.

super steel_'s picture

well to do maths.
330 divided by 11.46 and multiply that amount by deaths of the country 7765
and you get 224,000. thats very high when the us is at 66000. its also a very small country relatively. its a huge amount per million

sweden govt have done nothing. its all voluntary.

Tom Reichner's picture

It may be easier for people to understand your statistics if you express then in a percentage of the overall population that has died of COVID instead of using one country as an arbitrary base and then changing all of the other countries to try to match it. The way you are changing all of the numbers to "normalize" them can be very misleading and confusing.

The most important thing in statistics is to express them in terms that are simple and easy for the reader to understand.

Reported COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 of population:

Belgium: 67.4

Spain: 52.5

Italy: 46

United Kingdom: 41.4

France: 36.8

Netherlands: 28.5

Ireland: 26.1

Sweden: 26.0

Switzerland: 20.6

United States: 19.8

Portugal: 9.8

Canada: 9.5

Germany: 8.1

Iran 7.5

Ecuador: 6.2

Turkey: 4.0

Peru: 3.5

Brazil 3.1

Mexico: 1.6

Russia: 0.8

China 0.3

India: 0.1

These are rates for all of the countries with at least 1,000 reported COVID-19 deaths as of May 2, 2020 at 3:51 Greenwich Mean Time.

Source: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality

joe o sullivan's picture

Yes, deaths per million (or per any number) is probably about the most accurate stat we can hope for. Number of cases is pretty much irrelevant since different countries test different percentages of the population, and a lot of asymptomatic people won't even get tested.
Of course there are also many different variables to consider, such as the size of the country relative to the population, density of the population in cities, facilities, (like automatic doors and hand free washing facilities), how dumb the population are, how many use public transport, how old the majority of the population are, etc.
All this before even considering how the government reacts to it.
It's possible for a country to impose little to no restrictions, and still have a lower death rate than a country with a full lockdown.
It's a definite wake up call for us.. If it had a 50% mortality rate things would be a lot different.

Deleted Account's picture

Well this went down an entirely predictable route... 🙄

g coll's picture

People above really need a break from the interweb me thinks lol...

Rob G's picture

There's also my rule of nines for being pulled over by the police:

Be pulled over by one cop, 9% chance of going to jail.
A second cop? 90% chance.
Third cop? 99%...
and so on.

Timothy Roper's picture

Life involves many risks, and not just the risk of dying from COVID-19.

Timothy Turner's picture

Why didn't the "friend" stop her?

Bernie Bros's picture

In the US they could very well list “covid” as a proximate cause of death. (In the US there are up to 3 causes listed on a death certificate, so it could read “Death caused by head trauma, proximate to falling, proximate to covid-19”).

Alfonse Diantonio's picture

How did Corona make her fall? Does it effect balance too?

Bernie Bros's picture

Poor judgement induced by the euphoria caused by the release from covid lockdown.

Alfonse Diantonio's picture

Poor lady. All these deaths are so sad. I will pray for her

vik .'s picture

Let's blame the Lockdown.

Alfonse Diantonio's picture

Why? She was outside. I don’t get it

Tom Reichner's picture

"A woman from Kazakhstan"
"her city's pandemic lockdown"
"in Anatyla's Duden Park"
"Turkey currently has ... "

The geography here is extremely confusing.

It says the woman is from Kazakhstan, yet refers to Anatyla as "her city".

Anatyla is a city in Turkey, and is actually spelled Antalya ..... so the writer of the article butchered the spelling.

There is no explanation as to how she can be from Kazakhstan, yet have Antalya be "her city". If she had emigrated from Kazakhstan to Turkey, the writer should have said so, so as to avoid confusion.

It is frustrating that many news writers today seem to be in a hurry to crank out pieces quickly, instead of taking the time to ensure that everything they write makes sense, and that all grammar and spelling is correct.

In elementary school I was taught how to properly write a news story, and yet much of what I read today, both online and in print, does not follow the "rules" that we learned as 9 and 10 year old kids.

Alex Cooke's picture

Thanks for catching the misspelling!

Bernie Bros's picture

“When *I* was in school....”

I’m reminded of hearing some college kids use ‘their’ term for the pandemic.

“The Boomer Remover”

Alfonse Diantonio's picture

Not funny. People are dying. Have respect Mr. Bros!

Bernie Bros's picture

Wrong! This is precisely the time for gallows humor. Coping with the threat of death by laughing in its face is a celebration of life not capitulating to fear!

Alfonse Diantonio's picture

Say that to her poor family

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