Taking selfies can be a deceptively dangerous pastime, especially when taken near a cliff edge or in another dangerous area. Just last week, a whale watcher decided to take a selfie near a cliff at Cape Solander, only to fall into the water. By the time lifeguards arrived, he had died. His experience isn’t nearly as rare as it should be.
In a chart published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News), drowning is revealed to be the most common cause of selfie-related deaths.
Falling is reportedly the leading cause of injury, but more deaths result from drowning than anything else.
Drone deaths: 0, Selfie stick deaths UK since 2013: 4.— Anthony Hunt/CMDR Arithon (@achunt) July 30, 2018
But drones need reall-time flight plans, age restrictions, registration, licenses and a single classification that says everything from kids toy quad to 29kg drone is the same thing? Knee jerk much? pic.twitter.com/XTERNAZJ3x
Another surprising leading cause of death: being crushed by a train. Stop taking selfies on the tracks, people!
A new study on selfie-related injuries and deaths found that drowning was the leading cause of death. Stay safe when you take your selfies! Don't take risks - it's not worth your life. #WaterSafety #DrowningPrevention #BeSelfieSafehttps://t.co/DfzsIMg3zq— Royal Life Saving (@RoyalLifeSaving) July 30, 2018
#Shocking footage shows Indian man hit by train while posing for #selfie via @CGTNOfficial— Real News Line (@RealNewsLine) January 27, 2018
The man ignoring warnings about an approaching train from a person nearby as he took a selfie. A study showed that India had the highest number of selfie deaths. pic.twitter.com/OiGEOBizn1
Many countries have begun “safer selfie” campaigns to discourage the public from risking their lives in pursuit of a photo.
It seems these initiatives couldn’t have come at a better time:
its a shame its very sad that a young life is just taken from us like that— Chamukic Ndengu (@Chamukic7) July 23, 2018
Guys seriously, taking selfies with guns and shit is just not it, another pointless death just from wanting to stunt, prayers out for the family! pic.twitter.com/LIor2BPCBX— Anthony ? / エイプギャング (@munoz5998) July 25, 2018
This is happening far too often. Would not surprise me if in future they will ban taking selfies. If caught on the spot fines. Such ashame but have noticed many are under 25. Maybe the schools need to educate more.— Simon (@Simonmark00) July 23, 2018
Safety first— A (@zakadar1) July 23, 2018
The Weather Network offers these tips for staying safe and avoiding drowning while taking selfies:
Stay FAR away from ledges and if you’re in the water, never swim alone. If you simply have to have that selfie, make sure you’re with a companion with you who isn’t involved in the photo. Stay far, far away from ledges and remember: It’s just as important for adults as it is children to be accompanied when near water. You never know when you may need someone’s help. Having a friend close by is an easy way to prevent drowning.
Always have a phone close by (that isn’t involved in the selfie). If something does happen, it is good for you to have a phone close to call emergency crews.
Wear a personal floatation device if you’re taking a selfie on the water or near water. When participating in activities, such as boating, make sure to always have a lifejacket. Not only must you HAVE one, but it needs to be ON at all times in order to save your life.
Educate yourself. Children are often taught about water safety and what to do in drowning situations. It might be a good idea to learn CPR training, and different swimming techniques that are used to prevent drowning (such as breathing techniques to preserve oxygen).
Know what drowning looks like. People often picture a drowning victim to be thrashing their arms in the water while yelling for help. In reality, drowning victims are typically silent, trying to swim or grab something, and do not have control of the movement of their hands. Ask “is everything okay?” If they do not respond, call for help immediately.
Learn how to swim (If you don’t already know how). One more obvious thing that you can do is to learn how to swim. Even as an adult, it is never too late to learn. Whether it is a fear that you have, or you just never learned, swimming will help make you less apprehensive when around water.
A selfie is never a good enough reason to put yourself in danger. Be safe, everyone!