5 unfortunate accidents involving selfies

A Polish couple fell to their death while apparently trying to take selfies with their children on the edge of a cliff in Portugal's Cabo da Roca. Details of the incident are still unclear. -- PHOTO: TWITTER
A Polish couple fell to their death while apparently trying to take selfies with their children on the edge of a cliff in Portugal's Cabo da Roca. Details of the incident are still unclear. -- PHOTO: TWITTER

Selfies, a social phenomenon that involves the taking of self-portrait photographs, are usually done in the name of good fun. However, they do not always end up well.

On Aug 8, a Polish couple fell to their death while attempting to take a selfie with their children at the cliffs at Cabo da Roca along Portugal's western coast .

The family were on holiday at the cliffs when the tragedy happened. The children, aged five and six, are now in the care of Polish diplomats.

The tragedy was one of several unfortunate selfie-induced accidents that have taken place this year.

Here are five other incidents when simply taking a selfie has proven to be fatal.

1. Russia: 17-year-old falls from bridge while taking selfie, grabs wires to break fall and dies from electrocution

Seventeen-year-old Xenia Ignatyeva fell 9m to her death while attempting to take a selfie atop a railway bridge.

As she fell, Ms Ignatyeva tried to grab electrical wires and was electrocuted as a result.

The avid amateur photographer was only a month away from her 18th birthday when the tragedy occurred in St Petersburg, Russia, around late April.

According to the Mirror, train tracks have been attracting youngsters looking for an adrenaline rush to go with their selfies. 

2. US: Woman dies in car crash just moments after taking selfies while driving


One minute she was posting selfies and Facebook status updates. The next, she was in a deadly crash.

In June, Miss Courtney Sanford, 32, was driving along Interstate 85, a US highway. She had just finished utilising social media when her car crashed head-on into a truck and burst into flames.

The crash proved deadly for Ms Sanford.

The incident was, according to police spokesman Lieutenant Chris Weisner a  "a grim reminder for everyone" to pay attention when driving.

3. Italy: Teenager plunges to death on rocks as she tries to take selfie

The picturesque Italian seaside town of Taranto was the scene of a tragedy in June when 16-year-old Isabella Fracchiolla died after falling 18m onto jagged rocks.

The teenager, who was trying to take a selfie, sustained serious injuries to her femur, pelvis and head from the fall.

Although she underwent an operation at a hospital, she died from her injuries.

4. The Philippines: Schoolgirl suffers fatal fall down stairs while taking selfie

Christine Rosello, a 14-year-old student in Pasig City, Manila, died after falling down a flight of stairs on the third floor of a school building.

The Philippine Star reports that the incident took place on June 30.

According to autopsy reports, the student sustained head injuries, broken bones and a punctured kidney. She was rushed to hospital after her fall, but died soon after.

The incident sparked a discussion on whether cell phones should be banned in schools. The Philippines' Department of Education has yet to impose measures to curb the use of these phones among students.

5. Mexico: Man shoots and kills himself while taking selfie

In July, a 21-year-old Mexico City resident Oscar Otero Aguilar died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while taking a selfie.

According to reports in Mexican newspaper Excelsior, he had been drinking with friends before the incident.

In his intoxicated state, he forgot that the gun was loaded, and while waving it around during the selfie-taking, shot himself. He died shortly after.

The city's Ministry of Public Security considers the event an accident, and according to the latest media reports, no charges have been pressed against his friends who were present at the scene.

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Polish couple fell to death while trying to take selfie on Portugal cliff: Reports