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Another death by selfie: 14 students washed by a high tide while posing for pictures

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Another death by selfie: 14 students washed by a high tide while posing for pictures
The "death by selfie" incidents are starting to reach epidemic proportions, with psychologists scrambling to explain how today we are living in the virtual as much as in the physical world, and oftentimes find it hard to distinguish between the two. Nowhere is that trend more pronounced than in doing dangerous stunts just to take that selfie or footage to post on your social media or video account for the proverbial 15 minutes of fame.

The trend seems to have started from those Russian kids climbing to the top of cell and TV towers, bridges and other extremely high structures to do some stunts and make a footage out of it. While these may have been peculiarities of the Russian macho psyche to constantly prove your bravery (or idiocy, if you ask the parents), and the Russian authorities have been warning about such stunts for a while now, the trend still quickly caught on, leading to more and more dangerous undertakings. 

We are now up to the point where taking extreme selfies killed more people than sharks last year, and, judging from the news that came out of India yesterday, this year might be worse. A group of students from a Pune college apparently has ended up drowning while taking selfies in dangerous conditions while on a daylong picnic from school. About twenty of the students ventured into the water at Murud beach to take selfies, despite warning of a high tide, and 14 drowned, washed in by a big wave, while six were saved in the subsequent rescue operation. Here's the harrowing recount from one of the survivors in the next of this long line of "death by selfie" incidents:

We reached Murud around 11 am. Though many of my classmates and other students wanted to swim, faculty members suggested doing so after visiting the fort and other tourist spots. We returned to the beach at 2 pm. While we decided to play at the beach, several of my friends ventured into the sea to click pictures and selfies. Around 3.30 pm, huge waves began lashing the beach. It was lunchtime, so all those who wanted to eat, gathered near the bus to collect their tiffin boxes. While those who were playing in the water, continued to do so. Before anyone could realise, a huge wave lashed the shore and pulled our friends deeper into the sea. Several others jumped into the sea to save them. Those who were pulled out were transported to the hospital on handcarts and in horse-carts, as the place lacked vehicles.

source: NDTV

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posted on 02 Feb 2016, 04:37 14

1. dangchitrung (Posts: 88; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Do i have to show sympathy to these morons?

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 05:28 4

5. ibend (Posts: 4649; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


dont fore yourself if you dont want to.. people die every second.. save your sympathy for natural disaster victim, murdered, kidnapped, or any other case that you'll see on tonight news :-/

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 09:59 1

18. nepalisherpa (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


Definitely not. Just like we won't have to show any sympathy after you die.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 10:17

20. xq10xa (Posts: 698; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Yeah right? Imagine when Dngchitrung dies.......everyone on PA will light a candle.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 03:30

25. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Well, it sure makes a difference when it's their own idiocy causing it...

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 15:31

23. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10125; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No you don't! I never do or ever will. How can you feel sorry for people who purposely choose to be stupid?

There are plenty of them who come to this site and work for this site too.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 04:54 8

2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


"despite warning of a high tide" ... stupidity aswell as the random wave killed them, not the selfie.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 05:05 2

3. jesus_sheep (Posts: 259; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


I really can't understand these kind of people. Their psychology must be of a different kind.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 05:09 4

4. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 470; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Stupidity kills.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 05:35 4

6. fancollo (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


stop talking about WRONG causes. If a trekker falls from the mountain, it wasn't a killer mountain. if an idiot takes a selfie in front of an elephant or when there's a high tide (plus being warned), then it wasn't a killer-selfie, but an amazingly stupid person - in this case maybe even more. Whatever people think, i have no empathy or sympathy for these people who challenge death by being stupid. if the weather brings risk, then you run or hide, but don't challenge it.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 06:15 2

7. izim1 (Posts: 609; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Good. Humans are the only animals that go out of their way to try and beat natural selection but it looks as if mother nature just will not be stopped. Keep it up, you morons.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 10:01

19. nepalisherpa (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


Would you rather be a dog who lick their own balls?

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 06:30 1

8. greenelektron (Posts: 531; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Damn it. The faculty members are responsible!

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 06:39 3

9. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 245; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


why woul...even after a warni...OMG. I have no sympathy for these people. Call me mean, evil or something else but challenging death for no beneficial purpose is beyond stupid.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 06:45 2

10. Vic21 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Feb 2016)


I can't imagine how much of an idiot you have to be in order to risk your life and ignore a warning just to get some likes on social media.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 07:03 2

11. kanagadeepan (Posts: 922; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


sorry to say, they deserve it...

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 08:08 1

12. Mfa901 (Posts: 280; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


this is a clear example of how people here dont give a damn to warnings...they take it just like a weather forecast which says " it will rain today"

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 08:19 2

13. tokuzumi (Posts: 963; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Bye Felicia

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 08:40 1

14. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2506; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Damn That's f**ked Up But They Were Warned Of High Tides.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 08:40 1

15. natypes (Posts: 1093; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Oh Darwinism, you so efficient.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 03:31

26. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Future Darwin award winners? Can they share the award all 14?

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 09:08

16. Derekjeter (Posts: 915; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Why is this cell phone news???

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 10:57 1

21. lyndon420 (Posts: 4403; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Selfies taken with their phones. No different than when PA posts articles about people getting busted for texting while driving.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 09:29

17. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1236; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Could they not swim or were these some apocalyptic waters?

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 03:32

27. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


There's a reason beaches give out warnings for high tides and it's not due to having fun. The currents are too strong for any human swimmers. Doesn't help if you know how to swim when you have thousands of tons of water pushing against you... You sound like you'd be one of those going out for the selfie.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 12:09 2

22. xperian (Posts: 326; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Natural selection at it's best

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 15:34

24. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10125; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


They all deserved to die...
Stupid is, as stupid does. Stupid would still be alive if they weren't being stupid.

Just like stupid people get hurricanes warnings and yet stay home. One day a hurricane will kill them.

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