Dion Papanakos’ girlfriend watched him plunged to his death from cliffs in Sydney


Girlfriend of 20-year-old who plunged to his death from cliffs in Sydney recalls how she witnessed the whole tragic incident: ‘I’ve never felt so much pain’

  • Man fell from cliff top between Coogee Beach and Gordon’s Bay on Saturday 
  • Man suffered critical head and chest injuries and was unable to be saved 
  • Paramedics were winched down to the man who was in cardiac arrest 


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The girlfriend of a young man who tragically died after falling 30 metres from a cliff  has opened up about the moment she watched the horrific scene unfold.

Dion Papanakos slipped while walking with his partner Miranda on a clifftop between Coogee Beach and Gordon’s Bay, in Sydney‘s east, just before 3pm on Saturday.  

Paramedics and a rescue helicopter were called to the scene to treat his critical head and chest injuries, but the 20-year-old could not be revived.

On Sunday night, Miranda revealed that watching ‘the love of my life’ fall to his death was the most painful thing she has ever experienced.

Dion Papanakos slipped while walking with his partner Miranda (pictured together) on a clifftop between Coogee Beach and Gordon's Bay

Dion Papanakos slipped while walking with his partner Miranda (pictured together) on a clifftop between Coogee Beach and Gordon's Bay

Dion Papanakos slipped while walking with his partner Miranda (pictured together) on a clifftop between Coogee Beach and Gordon’s Bay

Miranda said Dion Papanakos hadn't survived the fall when police starred taping off the area (pictured together)

Miranda said Dion Papanakos hadn't survived the fall when police starred taping off the area (pictured together)

Miranda said Dion Papanakos hadn’t survived the fall when police starred taping off the area (pictured together)

‘Yesterday I lost the most amazing, caring and loving partner anyone could ask for,’ she wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post. 

‘Dion Papanakos was the man of my dreams. From the moment we met we had spent almost every single day together.’

‘To have been standing there watching the whole thing unfold… I’ve never felt so much pain in my life to the emotion and heart ache experienced in that moment.’

The young gymnast said paramedics did everything they could, but it was too late. 

She knew Mr Papanakos hadn’t survived the fall when police starred taping off the area, and ended up in hospital herself – paralysed with shock.

Dion Papanakos (pictured) slipped and fell 30 metres while on a walk with his girlfriend Miranda

Dion Papanakos (pictured) slipped and fell 30 metres while on a walk with his girlfriend Miranda

Dion Papanakos (pictured) slipped and fell 30 metres while on a walk with his girlfriend Miranda

The man is believed to have fallen from the clifftop between Coogee Beach and Gordon's Bay in Sydney's east on Saturday afternoon just before 3pm

The man is believed to have fallen from the clifftop between Coogee Beach and Gordon's Bay in Sydney's east on Saturday afternoon just before 3pm

The man is believed to have fallen from the clifftop between Coogee Beach and Gordon’s Bay in Sydney’s east on Saturday afternoon just before 3pm

Miranda said she and Mr Papanakos had gone on two holidays together within the first three months of their relationship, which began in March last year.

She was planning a surprise interstate trip for his 21st birthday in March. 

‘The process of losing someone who you were so deeply connected to is something I would never wish upon anyone in this world,’ Miranda added.

‘I love you so much Dion, I will always love you forever until the day we can meet again up in heaven, so I can rest peacefully by your side.’ 

Multiple paramedic crews arrived to tend to the man but he was unable to be saved

Multiple paramedic crews arrived to tend to the man but he was unable to be saved

Multiple paramedic crews arrived to tend to the man but he was unable to be saved

NSW Ambulance inspector Lucky Phrachanh said medical teams were winched down to the man who died at the scene. 

‘Our thoughts go out to the friends and family after this horrible accident,’ she said.

‘Please avoid these high clifftop areas, tragedies can occur in a split second.’ 

Police officers at the top of the cliff worked to move onlookers away from the area.  

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