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08/09/2015 14:20 BST | Updated 08/09/2015 14:59 BST

Student Celebrating End Of Exams On Welsh Beach 'Killed Instantly' By A Falling Rock

A student who was picnicking on a beach in Wales to celebrate the end of her exams died after being hit by a falling rock, in what was described as a "terrible tragedy".

Georgina Le Fjord, a 23-year-old who was celebrating the end of her A-levels in Llantwit Major, south Wales, was killed instantly when she was struck on the head by debris from a nearby cliff.

The tragedy, which happened in June, was witness by Georgina's friend Martha Ormerod, who was sitting close by when the cliff face collapsed.

"I turned around and saw Georgie lying on her front," she told Cardiff Coroner's Court. "At first I thought she had managed to dive out of the way.

"Her arms were out-stretched and I could see a lot of blood coming from her head."

Ormerod said the pair had taken precautions by sitting around 15ft from the cliffs.

Originally from Salisbury, Wiltshire, Georgina had moved to the Welsh coast to be with her partner Paul Biggs, and had taken a maths A-level to win a place at Cardiff University, Wales Online reported.

After her death, it emerged Georgina had passed her A-level and had been accepted into Cardiff to study computer science.

Finally got your full A level results Georgie. I can't even imagine how happy we'd have both been. I'm so very proud of...

Posted by Paul Biggs on Wednesday, 19 August 2015

In an emotional tribute, Georgina, who was known as Georgie, was described as having a "tremendous thirst for knowledge".

Speaking to the Salisbury Journal in June, Georgina's mother Jackie Cleary said: "Georgie was very, very intelligent and emotionally mature – and very, very wise beyond her years.

"She had an enquiring mind and loved delving into the wonders and mysteries of the world."

Martha, who was with Georgina when she died, gave her friend mouth to mouth resuscitation, but was unable to save her.

Thomas Atherton, assistant coroner, told MArtha: "You did everything you could in the circumstances to assist Georgie but, as Dr Fouad Alchami has indicated, Georgie must have died instantly in spite of your valiant efforts."

Atherton recorded a verdict of "accidental death", describing the circumstances as "appalling and tragic".

"It’s a sad reminder for everyone who ventures on to the beaches of this coastline of the dangers of falling rocks."