Four Drowned in Selfie Tragedy at Indian Reservoir

A newly-married woman and three other family members were swept away and drowned while trying to take a selfie in a fast-flowing river in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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.

The woman’s husband was able to save his sister but the others, including his wife and a 14-year-old boy, drowned.

India has the highest number of recorded selfie deaths in the world.

Experts warn that youngsters obsessed with social media are going to extreme lengths to post selfies seen as daring and risky.

A study last year by researchers from the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences said 259 people across the world had died while taking selfies between 2011 and 2017.

The highest number of selfie deaths was reported in India followed by Russia, the United States and Pakistan, it said.


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