• The child was left traumatized after watching them fall
  • Rescue personnel said the couple fell 200 meters down
  • The child was left in the care of her grandparents

An Italian couple, who was out hiking, fell to their deaths from a snowy cliff as their 5-year-old girl watched. The incident happened Sunday.

Valeria Coletta, 35, and her husband Fabrizio Marchi, 40, were hiking in Carmonica Valley, in Italy's Lombardo region, with their two friends when the tragedy occurred, New York Daily News reported. Their daughter was also with them at the time.

The hikers left their homes in Milan on Saturday and spent the night in Bergamo, intending to return the next evening.

While atop an icy precipice, Coletta lost her footing and slipped to the edge of the cliff and fell down. Marchi tried to grab her but he also lost balance and fell down, the outlet reported.

Their friends raised an alarm and moved to a safer area with the little girl. The child was left traumatized after the incident.

Rescue personnel who reached the spot said the couple fell 200 meters below and died instantly. Their bodies were recovered using a helicopter. Police personnel, firefighters and volunteers were part of the search team.

The child was left in the care of her grandparents. Authorities have ruled out any foul play.

In May last year, a man died after falling 100 feet below a cliff at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Arizona. Orlando Serrano-Arzola, 25, plunged to his death while taking pictures on the cliff overlooking the Colorado River at the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook. A Coconino County Sheriff's Office deputy said he suffered severe head trauma due to the fall.

In this representational image, a stand-up paddle boarder heads out into the waves near the cliffs of La Jolla, California, Jan. 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake