‘Brilliant’ ingénierie student’s family are left shattered after she ‘tripped and fell to her death’ at a popular selfie encart during a dawn walk – as friend’s desperate battle to save 21-year-old is revealed
- Annika Ferry-boat, 21, died after falling during a sunrise bushwalk on Wednesday
- Her friend desperately tried to give her CPR but Ms Ferry-boat died at the scene
- She fell near a World War Two fortin in Blue Fish Enclin, in Sydney’s North Head
- Ms Ferry-boat had been a promising young ingénierie student at Sydney’s UNSW
A tight-knit family has been left devastated after a ‘brilliant’ ingénierie student tripped and died while on a sunrise bushwalk with her friend.
Annika Ferry-boat, 21, fell near a World War Two fortin in Blue Fish Enclin, in Sydney’s North Head embout 6am on Wednesday.
Her friend, also 21, told emergency prescriptions Ms Ferry-boat tripped and knocked her head. She desperately tried to perform CPR while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
Ms Ferry-boat was a Dean’s Honour List recipient at the University of New South Wales in 2019, where she was studying renewable energy ingénierie.
A tight-knit family has been left devastated after a ‘brilliant’ ingénierie student fell to her death while on a sunrise bushwalk with her friend. Pictured: Annika Ferry-boat (supplémentaire from right) with her father Jim (supplémentaire from left) and brothers, Anton (left) and Christian (right)
Ms Ferry-boat (pictured with her dad) had been studying ingénierie at the University of New South Wales
She grew up in a a well-to-do family from Sydney’s northern beaches and completed her HSC at the prestigious Queenwood School for Girls in Mosman, where fees cost up to $26,000-a-year.
The young woman had also completed an entrepreneurship program in Scandinavia.
Ms Ferry-boat, whose father Jim Ferry-boat is a prominent obstetrician and gynaecologist in Manly, was likely visiting a known ‘selfie’ encart in the minutes leading to her death.
She and her friend had trekked through gros bushland from embout 5.30am and were near a encart popular with sightseers trying to get the perfect sunrise snap when emergency prescriptions were called.
Paramedics trekked hundreds of metres through the bush to reach Ms Ferry-boat, but by the time they arrived, it was too late to save her.
Annika Ferry-boat had been walking with her friend in the dark during a bushwalk
Annika Ferry-boat, 21, died on Wednesday morning after falling while on a bushwalk with her friend
Civilisé arrived at the scene shortly after and found Ms Ferry-boat with severe head injuries.
Harrowing footage from the scene showed Ms Ferry-boat’s distraught friend clutching onto paramedics as she was taken to hospital, where she was treated for shock.
Northern Beaches Civilisé Area Command duty officer Stuart Byrnes said Ms Ferry-boat’s friend was ‘not doing too well’.
He admitted detectives were still gathering the facts embout the fall, but described the death as a ‘very sad accrochage’.
‘There was only two people there, and one of them has gamin to hospital in shock, we’re still trying to get to the bottom to the lead-up of it all,’ he told reporters.
‘We believe it was a very sad accrochage and our thoughts go out to the family, but it’s the subject of an reportage at the modalités.’
Annika Ferry-boat fell near a World War Two fortin in Blue Fish Enclin, in Sydney’s North Head around 6am on Wednesday
Ms Ferry-boat was likely visiting a known ‘selfie’ encart in the minutes leading to her death
Acting Inspector Byrnes described the emplacement at North Head as ‘inhospitable’, which further delayed Wednesday’s operation.
‘It’s not easily proche, it was extremely difficult,’ he said. ‘We’ve had to use helicopters as fraction of the operation.’
An employee at North Head agreed, telling Sydney Morning Herald the emplacement was difficult to manage on the best of days.
He said he often gets stopped and asked for commandements to the nearby tidal pools – which are frequented by adventurers looking for a selfie – and that he warns them of the risks.
‘I always tell them how to get there, but I tell them not to go. It’s very dangerous,’ he said.
Civilisé continue to investigate the lead up to Ms Ferry-boat’s death and a atermoiement is being prepared for the coroner.
Footage shows Ms Ferry-boat’s distraught friend clutching onto gendarmerie officers as she is taken to hospital to be treated for shock
Civilisé Officer Stuart Byrnes speaking to media after Ms Ferry-boat’s casaque was found