Devastated children are mourning the death of their mother, who they watched plunge 80 metres to her death from a Victorian lookout that police have issued numerous warnings about.
Rosy Loomba, a 38-year-old mother-of-two from Craigieburn, north Melbourne, was bushwalking with her family at the Grampians National Park when she fell from the Boroka Lookout, near Halls Gap, about 3pm on Saturday.
Her husband Basant and their young sons watched on helplessly. She fell after climbing over a safety barrier at the lookout — famed on Instagram as the “perfect selfie” spot.
The community support worker died at the scene.
It took Victoria Police and State Emergency Service volunteers more than six hours to retrieve Ms Loomba’s body.
er body had to be winched out by a specialist team after 9pm due to the harsh terrain.
Ms Loomba’s sister-in-law, Jassu Minal Loomba, said the news was hard to take in.
“She was a good life partner for my brother and best mum for her kids,” Ms Loomba said. “(The family is) still in shock and it’s really hard to believe,” she told the Herald Sun.
Tragically, Ms Loomba’s death comes after chilling warnings from police about the tourists looking for selfies in the area.
“One of the issues that is constantly tying up our resources is individuals risking life and limb in a bid to get the ultimate selfie,” a police warning read in January 2019.
“We regularly see dangerous photos and videos geo-tagged to the area where individuals have compromised their own safety to get a particular shot.
“We also frequently work with local rescue teams on missions to bring individuals to safety who have ignored signage and climbed over safety barriers or fencing.
“Our missions do not always have successful outcomes.”
Sergeant Russell Brown, of Halls Gap predicted that “absolutely ludicrous” Instagram posts would eventually end in tragedy.
Headline photo caption: Rosy Loomba
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