Published: Wed, October 09, 2019

They Were Trying to Take a Selfie, but 4 Ended Up Dead

They Were Trying to Take a Selfie, but 4 Ended Up Dead

The new bride died along with her family members Sneha, 22, Kanniga, 20, and Santosh, 14, according to CNN.

Newlywed V. Nivedha, 20, and her husband, 24-year-old G. Perumalsamy, were visiting relatives along with his sister one month after their wedding, The Hindu Times reported.

The group of six were holding hands and standing in waist-deep water when one woman stepped into a sudden drop in the riverbed and slipped, pulling the others with her, a local police officer told AFP.

Indian couple Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, fell to their deaths while taking a selfie in the Yosemite National Park a year ago.

Around half of the 259 reported global deaths between 2011 and 2017 occurred in the country, according to the study published by the US National Library of Medicine.

The three went into the water taking along with them three teenage siblings.

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

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

In May, in the state of Haryana, three teens were killed taking photos on railway tracks.

In 2017, the Indian state of Karnataka launched a campaign to warn people that "selfies can kill" after the deaths of four students.

India accounted for around half of the 259 selfie fatalities reported from October 2011 to November 2017, according to a study by researchers associated with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences previous year, whose findings were published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. Most of the victims - around 72 percent - were men and under the age of 30.

India is something of a hot-spot for selfie deaths, according to an investigation into the phenomenon previous year.

Russian authorities in 2015 issued official warnings as a trend for "daredevil" selfies and videos took hold, saying "a cool selfie could cost you your life".

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