Newlywed and three family members drown trying to take a selfie

Dam. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)
Dam. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)

A family outing to a dam ended in tragedy after four members of the same family drowned while trying to take a selfie.

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

According to the Independent, the group of six were holding hands and standing in waist-deep water when one of the group – a 14-year-old boy – slipped underwater, pulling the others in too.

The groom, who was taking the picture, managed to steady himself and rescue his sister from the water, which had risen during the time they were there, but the other four disappeared underwater.

Their bodies were later recovered and post-mortem examinations were done.

According to CNN, a 2018 study shows that India has recorded the highest number of selfie deaths of any country in the world.

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

Last month, a woman reportedly fell 200 ft (60m) to her death while taking a snap of herself on a clifftop in western India.

Sources: People, Independent, CNN

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24