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14-year-old girl dies after falling off cliff north of Duluth

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A 14-year-old girl died Sunday afternoon after falling off a cliff at Palisade Head, located along the shore of Lake Superior northeast of Silver Bay.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office received word of the incident shortly after 1 p.m. A sheriff’s report said the girl was visiting the North Shore landmark with friends when she accidentally fell.

Bystanders rappelled down the cliff and performed first aid in an effort to save the girl. She was transported by Life Link III helicopter to a hospital but did not survive.

The name of the 14-year-old victim had not been made public Sunday evening, pending notification of her family.

The last fatal fall from Palisade Head occurred in 2010, when Margaret O’Leary, 48, of Hermantown, slipped while hiking along the steep cliff, which rises about 300 feet above Lake Superior.

Palisade Head, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay, is part of Tettegouche State Park. With road access available to the top of the cliff, it's a popular destination for hikers and rock climbers, as well as for tourists who enjoy its unobstructed views out over the lake.