selfie related deaths 2016

January

A 19-year-old student fell to her death from the top of a 20-story apartment building in Manila, Philippines, while taking a selfie. According to her classmate, “she was not satisfied with the photos they had taken so she decided to climb up the parapet wall”.

Abhishek Gupta, age 20, fell to his death while taking a selfie from the top of the Reasi Fort at Jammu and Kashmir, India.

A 20-year-old college girl named Tarannum drowned at Bandstand Promenade in Bandra, Mumbai. She is believed to have been swept away in the high tide. According to the girl’s friends, they were taking selfies, standing on the rock, close to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL). “The girls were standing 50 metres away from the shore when the water suddenly rose. They did not notice water rising and remained on the rock taking pictures (selfies). One of the girls was pulled into the water due to high tide.”

February

A 16-year-old boy was killed by a passenger train while taking a selfie with an approaching train in Chennai, India. “The teen reportedly walked in front of the train and waited for it to come closer before taking the photo.”

A college student drowned after falling off of the Waldevi Dam in Nashik, India, while taking a selfie.

Three students of Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences drowned after falling in an irrigation canal in Hulivana village, 180 km from Bengaluru, India, reportedly while they were taking selfies.

March

A 43-year-old man in Concrete, Washington, accidentally shot himself in the face with a gun and died while taking a selfie. He thought the gun was unloaded.

A 30-year-old man fell off Lion Rock in Hong Kong and died while taking a selfie.

April

A 16-year-old Manjeet Chowdhary climbed a rock fountain at a zoo in Hyderabad, India, apparently to take a selfie. He slipped, fell into the water and may have hit his head on a rock. He was taken to hospital where his death was recorded.

Two youths were run over by a train while taking selfies on the railway tracks at Purushottampur railway crossing in Chunar area in Mirzapur district in Uttar Pradesh, India.

A 16-year-old boy died while taking a selfie at a railway crossing in Saharanpur, a town in Uttar Pradesh, India.

While taking a selfie, a 25-year-old youth fell off the Dolphin Nose cliff near Vattakanal village, situated eight km from the Kodaikanal Lake, Tamil Nadu, India.

May

A 15-year-old boy from Pathankot, India, died after he accidentally shot himself with his father’s revolver while taking a selfie with the gun pointed at his head.

A Chinese businessman, at a local wildlife park in the city of Rongcheng, Shangdong province, was drowned by a walrus after taking several selfies and videos with the animal. A zookeeper was also drowned in the same incident after attempting to save the man.

June

An 18-year-old boy drowned in the Ganges river while taking a selfie after bathing with his mother and a friend in Nabadwip of West Bengal state in India.

A 15-year-old boy, from Overland, Missouri accidentally shot and killed himself while attempting to take a selfie at home posing with his father’s gun.

A 23-year-old fell into the water and drowned at Sindhrot check dam near Vadodara, India, while taking a selfie. His friend Bharat Parmar jumped into the water to save him, he also drowned.

Seven people were swept away and drowned to death while taking a selfie in the river Ganges in Kanpur, Uttarpradesh, India. According to a police official, they had gone for a picnic at Kanpur Ganga Barrage when one of the party tried to take a selfie by standing on the edge of the barrage and tripped and fell into the Ganges. The river was already in spate due to rains in the region. The six others, in an attempt to save him, jumped into the river but were themselves swept away by the current.

A 28-year-old South Korean tourist plunged 1600 feet off a cliff at Gocta waterfall in the Amazonas Region of Peru. He was attempting to take a picture of himself. Divers and mountain rescue teams were brought in to recover the body submerged more than 20-feet underwater at the base of the falls.
A 51-year-old German tourist visiting Machu Picchu in Peru, fell 130 feet to his death after he lost his footing while leaping into the air for a “flying selfie”.