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A man from Spain who had hiked up to western Norway?s famed high mountain plateau known as ?Preikestolen? (The Pulpit Rock) disappeared off its steep side while taking photos Tuesday afternoon. His body was found Wednesday, after he?d plunged to his death.

?We?ve always feared that this could happen,? Kjell Helle Olsen, a former leader of the local hiking association, Stavanger Turistforening, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). ?It?s tragic, but this is something we figured could happen.?

As many as 200,000 people visit the natural attraction in western Norway every year. As far as Olsen knows, though, the Spanish tourist was the first to fall to his death from the flat granite plateau that rises like a pulpit 600 meters above the Lyse Fjord.

Debate over safety has flown for years, but local officials have claimed that those visiting Preikestolen do so at their own risk. The local hiking association has claimed it can only offer information and advice about the hazards of getting to close to the edge. Tourism association Visit Norway encourages visitors to ?take the hike and enjoy the spectacular views.

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You'd think a fence or something would suffice?

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I'm sending my text-happy cousin to Norway. :p

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A fense is not needed around a natural senic outlook, just a little common sense will do.  It would appear this individual was lackinf  in the latter.

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You'd think a fence or something would suffice?

 or a brains!

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You'd think a fence or something would suffice?

Natural selection.

 

And a putting a fence and screw everyone's view ... really ?

 

Let people do what they do, if they fall to their death, well just too bad. Norway is not the US, where everything needs a label or a fence

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Well I meant a small fence. Or a warning sign at least? :P

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"Warning, if you happen to be uninformed this is to let you know that falling 600 meters may kill you.  This will be your only warning.  Thank you for  your attention."

 

In addition:

There is no barrier.   added as required by Amendment #2841937

Rocks may be slippery when wet.   added as required by Amendment #2841938

And finally if you fall, try not to scream too loudly as this may disturb the other visitors.    added as required by Amendment #2841940

 

Visit Norway thanks you!

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a fence won't fix stupid.  if there was a fence there, people would climb over it...

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"Warning, if you happen to be uninformed this is to let you know that falling 600 meters may kill you.  This will be your only warning.  Thank you for  your attention."

 

In addition:

There is no barrier.   added as required by Amendment #2841937

Rocks may be slippery when wet.   added as required by Amendment #2841938

And finally if you fall, try not to scream too loudly as this may disturb the other visitors.    added as required by Amendment #2841940

 

Visit Norway thanks you!

hahahaha

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