Six bizarre times that selfies proved fatal

2016-03-04 21:16


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Johannesburg – The selfie craze has taken a hold in South Africa and the world. But sometimes the obsession with getting the “perfect selfie” has had fatal consequences. More people, at least 27, died trying to take selfies in 2015 than were killed in shark attacks.

According to the International Shark Attack File, only six people died in shark attacks last year.

On Thursday, a 43-year old Washington man accidentally shot himself while trying to take a selfie with his handgun. The Washington Post reported the man did not know the gun was loaded when he pulled the trigger.

India had the most selfie-related deaths, 15, in 2015. Another six have already died in that country this year.

Here are six instances where selfies went terribly wrong:

1) First-date selfie

In January 2015, 21-year old Cheynne Holloway died while she and her boyfriend were trying to take a selfie on their first date, on Northcliff Hill in Johannesburg. The ground gave way and she fell about 20m. She died on the scene.

2) Selfie station

A teenager from Romania died while trying to take a selfie on the roof of a train.

Anna Ursu, 18, went to a train station in Iasi, in the eastern part of Romania. The Daily Mail reported that she climbed on top of the train and stuck one of her legs in the air while posing for the picture. Her foot touched an overhead cable and sent an electric shock through her body, causing her to burst into flames.

She died in the hospital with burn wounds to 50% of her body.

3) Bullet flash

Mexican Oscar Otero Aguilar, 21, was killed in 2014 when he tried to take selfies with a gun. The Observer reported that he died on the way to the hospital.

4) Bride-not-to-be...

Colette Moreno died when she and her friend tried to take selfies driving to Moreno’s bachelorette party in Missouri, US.

Friend Ashley Theobald was driving the vehicle. They were taking a selfie just before trying to overtake a truck. The two collided with an oncoming car. Moreno left behind her fiancé and 5-year old son.

5) Derailing selfie

In early January 2015, three college friends from New Delhi, India, were run over by a train while trying a “daredevil selfie” the Times of India reported. A fourth friend, who survived, said they were on their way to see the Taj Mahal on Republic Day and had stopped their car next to the railway track to try and take a picture.

6) Drowned in selfies

Students Askshay Joshi, 22, and Pratik Bhatt, 20, drowned in the Narmada Canal near Surendranagar, India, while trying to take selfies with the canal in the background, the Times of India reported.

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