Almost half of selfie-related deaths caused by drowning - report

Most people who die while trying to take a selfie end up drowning, new statistics have found.
Most people who die while trying to take a selfie end up drowning, new statistics have found. Photo credit: Pexels

Most people who die while trying to take a selfie end up drowning, new statistics have found.

Turkish researchers compiled 111 international selfie-related mishaps reported in the media between December 2013 and January 2017, involving 159 victims.

Their findings, which were published in the Turkish Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, revealed that the majority of victims were students - and that most incidents happened in India, Russia and the US.

The most common cause of death in selfie accidents was drowning, with 57 people killed trying to take a picture of themselves in or near a body of water.

Almost half of selfie-related deaths caused by drowning - report
Photo credit: Turkish Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery/Newshub.

This isn't terribly surprising, as the most popular site for taking selfies which resulted in injury or death was the edge of a cliff.

Falling from a height was the most common cause of injury among unfortunate selfie-takers.

The research indicates that as selfies have become more popular, the rate of injuries as a result of taking them has increased as well.

In one particularly notable incident, two teenage girls died in 2017 after being struck by the wing of a descending plane as they took a selfie by an airport runway in Mexico.

In another incident in May, a man was mauled to death after he tried to take a selfie with a bear in Odisha, India.

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