Newlywed bride, siblings drown trying to take selfie

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 9, 2019

The dead were among a group of six who held hands and stood in waist deep water near Pambar dam before one of them slipped, pulling the others.

A 20-year old newlywed and her 25-year-old husband were visiting relatives when they, along with four other family members, made a decision to visit the Pambar dam in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, People reports.

The surviving man, a 25-year-old named only as Prabhu by the Times of India and PTI, had been married to his wife, Niveditha, for just a month.

The groom managed to pull his sister to safety, but the other four disappeared under the water.

Santosh then slipped and dragged his relatives down with him as he fell. They recommend "no selfie" areas in tourist zones, especially places with water bodies or mountain peaks, and at sites with tall buildings.

The incident is the latest in a series of deaths linked to selfies in the country, with experts warning that people are risking their lives to impress their friends and family on social media. The highest number of selfie deaths was reported in India, followed by Russian Federation, the United States, and Pakistan. Leaping out of the path of an approaching train, they were killed by a train coming in the other direction.

The US National Library of Medicine recorded 259 deaths in the country between 2011 and 2017, with Russian Federation and Pakistan in second and third place.

Authorities in India have launched campaigns to warn people against posing for unsafe pictures.

From fall 2011 to fall 2017, 259 people died while taking selfies, according to researchers from India.

"The selfie deaths have become a major public health problem", the study's lead author, Agam Bansal, told The Washington Post. Most of the victims, around 72 per cent, were men under the age of 30. We also classified reasons for deaths due to selfie as risky behavior or non-risky behavior.

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