A young mum of a five-year-old girl has died after sneaking to the top of a Brazilian waterfall that was closed off to the public for a selfie.
Amanda Franco dos Santos, 26, died after she fell from the waterfall and was washed downstream in the Corupa Waterfall Route located in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
The route which consists of 14 waterfalls is reportedly one of the last remaining areas of the Atlantic forest in Brazil, and her body was found only after it had washed through several waterfalls.
The location was closed to visitors when Amanda from the Brazilian city of Mafra and two of her friends went to visit it on Sunday, 30th October.
But as the trio were not willing to give up on a bunch of amazing Instagram photos they decided they would use an alternative route to reach the waterfall.
Shortly afterwards the two friends called the police to report that Amanda had disappeared at around 4.50pm.
Crews from the local Volunteer Fire Department rushed to the scene and initiated a search throughout the whole waterfall route.
Sadly, they had no luck in finding Amanda during the first day of the search.
They continued looking in the early morning hours of Monday, 31st October, when they finally found her lifeless body floating in the sixth waterfall of the route.
Firemen retrieved Amanda’s body from the water and took it back to her family in the city of Mafra.
Her aunt, whose identity was not disclosed by media, said: “My dear niece, may Jesus welcome you with open arms.
“Watch over us from heaven, nostalgia is already hitting.”
One of Amanda’s relatives said: “Why did you leave us? It’s not sinking in that you’re gone, that you won’t be here cheering our family anymore.”
Another relative added: “Just yesterday I saw you singing and now the news that shook me, you went to live with God and became a beautiful little star.
“I will miss you so much, your laughs, your advice.
“I can’t believe you’re gone, you had your whole life ahead of you, my crazy girl. You will always be in our hearts.”
Amanda’s funeral took place at 4.00pm at the Municipal Cemetery in the city of Mafra on Tuesday, 1st November.
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