Indian family drowns trying to take selfie in river

Four members of Indian family drown while trying to take selfie

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

Only one of them was able to be rescued from the water by the husband, while the others were lost under the water.

The newlyweds and the groom's 20-year-old sister Yuvarani stood alongside three teenage siblings in waist-deep water near the Pambar Dam to pose for a picture.

The bodies of the deceased were recovered immediately.

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

India has the highest number of recorded deaths linked to selfies in the world, followed by Russian Federation, the US and Pakistan.

Selfies have grown a more critical trend, with a 2018 study issued in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care reporting that more than 250 people died while taking selfies from October 2011 to November 2017.

Some cities like Mumbai have started putting "no-selfie zone" signage up, as a warning to the country's 300 million smartphone users.

Researchers found that about 72.5 percent of the deaths were males and the rest were females. It was followed by Russian Federation, the United States and Pakistan.

The same year a man died in Odisha after an elephant wrapped its trunk around him and crushed him to death as he tried to take a selfie with the animal.

Bansal said he was concerned about how numerous selfie-related deaths involved young people.

Stock image showing a woman taking a selfie. "But if that selfie is accompanied with risky behavior then that's what makes the selfies unsafe", he said. Risky behavior caused more deaths and incidents due to selfies than non-risky behavior.

"About three-fourth of selfie deaths occurred in males".

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