Student seriously injured after falling from bell tower at Fordham University

Sydney Paige Monfries

A Fordham University student fell 140 feet from the top of the school's bell tower early Sunday, police said.

Sydney Monfries was climbing the Keating Clock tower about 3 a.m. when the fall occurred on the Bronx, New York, campus of the Jesuit university. When the police arrived at the scene, officers were forced to carry out a high-angle rescue after finding Sydney lying on the ground inside the tower with trauma to her head and body, it is reported.

University bosses are now investigating to find out how the group gained access to the tower.

The Sun reported another student, only identified by the first name Dave, claimed Ms Monfries and her friends had dined at a restaurant where he worked shortly before the accident.

A university student plummeted to her death from a 40ft bell tower while trying to take Instagram photos of the NY skyline.

Sydney Monfries, 22, barely had a pulse when emergency workers discovered her on the second floor of the Keating Hall clock tower at Fordham University. But there is no bell in the tower, the school said.

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Fordham University confirmed the incident and sent a letter to students.

"Access to that tower is always locked", he said.

Some students said seniors break into the tower as a kind of a rite of passage.

Sydney Paige Monfries, 22, from Portland, Oregon, fell from a bell tower as she attempted to take photos of the NY skyline.

University president Joseph M McShane told NBC New York Ms Monfries would be awarded her degree posthumously.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", he told the network.

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