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Tourist Agnieszka Szypulska plunged 400ft to her death off cliff in Northern Ireland

By Laura Abernethy

The body of a tourist said to have fallen more than 400ft from the top of a cliff has been found near a lake.

Agnieszka Szypulska's remains were discovered close to Binevenagh Lake outside Coleraine on Saturday.

It is understood the 39-year-old Canadian and Polish national was travelling alone on a holiday to Northern Ireland.

She is believed to have been visiting the Articlave area just over a month ago on May 12.

The lake sits on a cliff-top and is set in a forest overlooking Benone Strand beach.

Her body was spotted by a family at the bottom of the cliff shortly before midday on Saturday, after which the emergency services were notified.

Police are not treating her death as suspicious.

Her body was recovered by around 20 volunteers from North West Mountain Rescue in a five-hour operation.

They described the location as "extremely remote and potentially dangerous".

Team member Louis Edmondson told the BBC: "The body was found at the base of the cliff. They are huge cliffs about 400ft high and there is a lake on top.

"The body was found at the bottom, which is still a couple of hundred feet above ground level. We can only speculate as to what happened.

"There were two sides to our job. One was to go in and carry out the sad task of recovering the body, which is never pleasant under any circumstances.

"The second task was that some of our team were lowered down from the top to see if there was any evidence on what we call the potential fall line.

"There was some evidence found, which we passed over to the PSNI. All the evidence points to her falling from the top.

"She was equipped for walking in the mountains. We didn't get close to the body until the police had finished doing the work that they had to do.

"I heard them say that it looked like she had a compass on her, she was dressed in hiking boots and she was dressed in outdoor gear."

He added that conditions in the remote area can sometimes be difficult for walkers.

"It can be quite treacherous underfoot up there," Mr Edmondson said. "Although many people do walk it, you have to be very careful. She was found in amongst the rocks, so there could be several possibilities there, which I'm sure the police will find out in due course.

"It's also very high. One of our team actually went down and we had to take him back up again because it was so tall - there just wasn't enough rope to go all the way down there.

"That gives you an idea of just how high that is. This is all speculation, but she was found at the bottom. It's extremely sad."

DUP councillor Alan Robinson added: "Our thoughts are with her family at this time. We always try to promote tourism in Limavady and it's just very sad that this particular visit to Limavady has had a very tragic end."

Police appealed for information to help them piece together Agnieszka's movements over the last month.

Sergeant Stephen Taylor said: "I am trying to trace anyone who may have spoken to or seen Agnieszka over the past few days. If you believe you have any information that may assist us in our enquiries, please contact police at Limavady on the non-emergency number 101."

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