An unidentified Indian has died after falling off a cliff while clicking selfie in Ireland. The Indian student, whose identity could not be ascertained, is believed to be in his 20s and was studying at the University of Dublin.
According to the Irish Independent, the Indian student lost his balance while taking the selfie at the popular tourist attraction, Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare on Friday afternoon. The tragedy happened at around 3.15 pm local time.
The Doolin unit of the Coast Guard and the Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter were mobilised as soon as the alarm was raised.
The tragedy occurred south of the main viewing areas near the visitor centre. There were hundreds of visitors enjoying the scenery and cliff walk at the time, the report added. The rescue operation, which included deployment of a helicopter, led to the finding of the body from the water. His body was later taken to Doolin. The body was transported to the local Coast Guard station and was formally pronounced dead at around 5.35pm.
A spokesman said, was quoted as saying, “There is nothing to suggest at this stage that this was anything other than a tragic accident. Initial indications are, having taken statements from a number of people, that the victim was taking a selfie and lost his footing.”
Last week, a student from Cuttack had died after slipping into a waterfall in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district. This was after a group of students visited Bhimkund waterfall on a holiday and one of them decided to take a selfie while standing on the edge.
A report by All India Institute of Medical Sciences had said in October last year that more than 250 people worldwide died while taking selfies in the last six years. The findings, as reported by The Washington Post, said that 259 selfie-related deaths took place between October 2011 and November 2017.