Hundreds have died in 'selfie-related' incidents in the last 10 years: report

Apr 18 2019, 8:13 pm

Instagram has plenty of people posing with risky moves to capture that perfect shot. Unfortunately, sometimes these poses can go tragically wrong and there have been a shocking number of selfie-related deaths across the globe.

Earlier this month, three tourists also died in the span of eight days at the Grand Canyon. The visitors all fell to their deaths after snapping photos close to the edge of the thousand-foot drop at Eagle Point, which has no barrier between onlookers and the canyon.

 

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Selfie-related deaths have unfortunately become common and frequent around the world, sparking experts to call for ‘no-selfie zones‘ to put an end to these tragic and preventable deaths.

A study conducted by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health in 2018, found that between October 2011 to November 2017, there have been 259 selfie-related deaths.

The study called for “no selfie zones” to be declared across tourist areas, “especially places such as water bodies, mountain peaks, and over tall buildings to decrease the incidence of selfie-related deaths.”

Last year, a Vancouver couple and their friend, two of whom were members of a YouTube trio High on Life, also tragically died at Shannon falls after falling from a pool at the top of the falls.

 

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These tragic stories should serve as an important reminder to Instagrammers everywhere to be careful when trying to get that perfect pic, because, at the end of the day, no amount of likes is ever worth a life.

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With files from Vincent Plana