Piha fall victim is named

Last updated 14:10 27/08/2012
Piha
Peter Meecham
FATAL FALL: Lianne Greer, 36, of Whenuapai, died when she fell from Lion Rock at Piha.

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Police have released the name of the woman who died after falling from Piha's Lion Rock after a late night climb in high-heeled boots.

She was Lianne Greer, 36, of Whenuapai.

Greer fell off the rock after climbing it with friends who were socialising at the West Auckland beach.

Her body was found at 2.45am on Saturday.

Police today said they weren't treating her death as suspicious.

"This is a tragic accident and serves as a reminder to all to act in a safe manner when out socialising," a police spokesman said.

A website run by local woman Bobbie Carroll said a group of four young women "ventured up the rock in the dark".

"One turned back to go back to the party's car, but when her friends returned there was no sign of her.

"Her friends searched for her and found her body where she had fallen from the rock."

Alcohol and drugs were believed to be a factor in her death.

Veteran Piha lifeguard Jonathan Webber attended the scene after he was called to bring a quad bike to provide lighting.

He said Greer had fallen from the northern side of the rock on to sand.
However, it was hard to know where she had fallen.

Efforts to resuscitate Greer had ended by the time he arrived.

Some locals had said Greer was wearing stiletto heels, but Webber said he saw a calf-length heeled boot lying in the sand.

He saw one other woman who was being comforted but did not see any others from the group.

Webber said climbing Lion Rock was a "quintessential Auckland thing to do", but doing it at night was "certainly not what I consider sensible".

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