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Two 17-year-old best friends plunge to their deaths while taking selfies at edge of cliff

By Mason White 6:54 PM March 29, 2017
Harry Watson (L) and Alex Yeoman
Harry Watson (L) and Alex Yeoman
By: Emily Lewis

Two best friends lost their lives while taking selfies at the edge of a cliff, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Alex Yeoman and Harry Watson, both 17, took photos of themselves at the cliffs in Saltburn, where they slipped and plunged to their deaths.

Watson’s mother Tanya, said that her son and Yeoman loved to walk on the cliffs because they liked being outdoors. They were best friends for a very long time and loved taking pictures in nature.

Late last week, they went to walk on the edge of the cliffs, and when they were laughing and taking pictures, they slipped and fell.

It is unknown why they slipped and fell. Cleveland Police have launched an investigation into the teens’ deaths. The families have set up a GoFundMe page to collect money for funerals costs.

“Raising money to help with funeral expenses etc. Harry was a much loved member of the Watson family. His and his best friend Alex Yeoman’s lives, were tragically cut short at the age of 17 years. We are trying to raise money to help Harry’s family and Alex’s family. All funds raised are to be shared between the Watson and Yeoman families. Thanks,” the families wrote on GoFundMe.

Tanya Watson said: “Can we as Harry’s family thank everybody for their such kind donations. It is such an honor to hear all the amazing things you are all saying about our precious son. He was my shining star. So thank you again and thank you to Jackie Craddy for doing this. We are going to give Harry the send off he deserves.”

The principal of the teens’ school, Rachel Prentice, wrote: “We are both shocked and saddened by the devastating news that two of our students, Alex Yeoman and Harry Watson, tragically lost their lives on Friday. Our first thoughts are with their families and friends at this difficult time.

“We are a very close knit community so the devastating loss of these two lovely young men, who had so much to live for, will have a huge impact on both students and staff. They were both very positive members of our school team and we have very fond memories of them. Our on-site counsellors and pastoral team will be available to offer support to students and staff.

“In order to show our respect, we have planned to hold a moment of silent reflection on Monday in memory of Alex and Harry. Staff and students will have an opportunity to write about their happiest memories of Alex and Harry in a book of remembrance for each of the boys.”