They Were Trying to Take a Selfie, but 4 Ended Up Dead

  • They Were Trying to Take a Selfie, but 4 Ended Up Dead

They Were Trying to Take a Selfie, but 4 Ended Up Dead

The pair survived but relatives Sneha, 22, and Kanniga, 20, died.

Only one of them was able to be rescued from the water by the husband, while the others were lost under the water.

Their bodies were later recovered and post-mortem examinations were done. Those deaths have renewed attention to the global "selfie death" problem and African nations are by no means immune.

Some 259 people worldwide died while taking selfies from October 2011 to November 2017, according to a study published in India's Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care.

In September that year, a man was trampled to death by a wild elephant as he tried to take a selfie with the animal in the state of Odisha, The Hindustan Times reported.

Last month, a woman reportedly fell 200 ft (60m) to her death while taking a snap of herself on a clifftop in western India. The more mobile phones there are, the more deaths, with what the paper describes as an "exponential increase" in recent years. Researchers attributed the high number to the country's enormous population of people under 30. Another 36 percent of the deaths occurred in the 10 to 19-year-old age group.

He also noted that although the act of taking a selfie isn't risky, it becomes so when people take risks to get the ideal shot.

"The most common drowning incidents include washed away by waves on beach, capsizing of boats while rowing, clicking selfies on shore while not knowing how to swim, or ignoring warnings", the study said. "But if that selfie is accompanied with risky behavior then that's what makes the selfies unsafe".

Transportation was high on the list of causes of selfie deaths in the study. A project called selfiecity has established that women take more selfies as compared to men.

A family, including a newlywed woman, drowned after falling off a reservoir while trying to take a selfie.