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

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:

source: NDTV



1. dangchitrung

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Do i have to show sympathy to these morons?

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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 :-/

18. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

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

20. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

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

25. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

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

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

2. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

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

3. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

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

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Stupidity kills.

6. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

8. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Damn it. The faculty members are responsible!

9. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 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.

10. Vic21

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

11. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

sorry to say, they deserve it...

12. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 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"

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Bye Felicia

14. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

15. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Oh Darwinism, you so efficient.

26. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

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

16. Derekjeter

Posts: 1466; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Why is this cell phone news???

17. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Could they not swim or were these some apocalyptic waters?

27. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

22. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Natural selection at it's best

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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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