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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 October 2007, 15:17 GMT
Woman's cable car 'suicide' jump
Cable cars over the Great Orme (generic)
Two miles of cable carry the cars high onto the Great Orme
An inquest has heard how a woman jumped to her death from a cable car above the resort of Llandudno.

Maya Limanowska-Rance, 33, was killed instantly after leaping 80ft onto rocks on the Great Orme headland at Easter this year.

Recording a verdict of suicide, the coroner John Hughes it was "clear" she jumped but it was a "terrible tragedy".

The cable car operator, wishing her a good trip, had been told: "I won't be coming back," the inquest heard.

Mrs Limanowska-Rance, who lived in the town, had taken a trip on the cable car at Happy Valley on the day before she died, in an apparent bid to see the highest point on the mile long journey.

In a statement to the inquest her mother, Magdalena Limanowska, said her daughter told her she was going out to buy milk on Good Friday, but four hours later police broke the news of her death.

She added that she refused to believe it was anything other than an accident.

But coroner said it was clear that the she had leapt to her death.

"She didn't just fall out of it, she jumped out of it," said John Hughes.

It's beyond understanding how Maya could take herself out of her precious daughter's life
Husband, Timothy Rance

Three witnesses described in statements how they had been at a cafe in Happy Valley when they saw a silhouetted figure jump from the gondola-shaped car.

A cable car operator also recalled how he had wished her an enjoyable ride and he would see her when she got back.

But Mrs Limanowska-Rance told the operator: "I won't be coming back."

Devoted mother

Described as a bubbly, attractive and loving person, the Polish-born veterinary assistant moved to Llandudno in 1998 after marrying her husband, Timothy Rance.

But the inquest heard that she had been living apart from her spouse, and had consulted her GP about stress.

In evidence, Mr Rance said his wife was a wonderful mother who had been devoted to their four year old daughter.

"It's beyond understanding how Maya could take herself out of her precious daughter's life," he told the coroner.

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