Girl ID'd after fatal fall off North Shore cliff

SILVER BAY, Minn. - The 14-year-old girl who died in a fall off a cliff at Palisade Head on the shores of Lake Superior Sunday has been identified by her school.

Students at Somerset High School in Wisconsin were told Monday morning that one of the school's students, Bailey Belisle, passed away Sunday in a hiking accident.

Principal Shannon Donnelly sent a note to parents on Monday, informing them that the school's crisis response team was available to meet with students in groups and individually.

Lake County Sheriff's officials say Belisle was visiting the landmark near Silver Bay with another family when she fell around 1 p.m. The highest point at Palisade Head, which is part of Tettegouche State Park, is 300 feet above lake level. 

“The girl was trying to look over the edge to see the water below," explained Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson. "The other 14-year-old girl there, her friend, witnessed the fall. "

That friend told authorities that Belisle was trying to get her to come over to the edge and look at the water — and in a split-second she was gone.

Bystanders were forced to rappel down the cliff to provide aid until first responders arrived. Belisle was airlifted to a nearby hospital but did not survive her injuries.

The last known fatal fall from Palisade head was back in 2010 when a 48-year-old woman from Hermantown slipped while hiking the steep cliff.

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