SUKKUR: A young man is feared dead after falling into the Indus River while clicking a selfie with his wife near Lansdowne Bridge in Rohri, Sukkur, Wednesday night.
Asif Jameel, resident of New Yard Rohri, was attempting to take a selfie with his wife when he slipped and fell into the river, sources told The Express Tribune.
Police and rescuers rushed to the spot after locals informed them about the incident. However, the divers remained unsuccessful in fishing out his body due to “heavy fog and freezing cold weather”, rescue sources said.
‘Selfie deaths’ have surged with the global rise of smartphones. Pakistan reportedly stood second last year in global selfie deaths.
on Sunday, a student in India’s Tamil Nadu died while trying to take a ‘selfie’ with an oncoming train in the background. The 21-year-old engineering student was hit by a fast-moving train, according to police. The accident took place in the middle of the night when the student was returning from New Year festivities.
Last year, another Indian teenager was struck and killed after he tried to take a photo of himself in front of an oncoming train. The passenger train ran over the boy shortly after he stepped onto railway tracks to snap the picture in Chennai, while walking home with friends.
Early last year, Peruvian police recovered the body of a South Korean tourist under a waterfall in the Amazon jungle, days after he fell in while taking a photo of himself.
A week earlier a 51-year-old German tourist plunged 200 metres (650 feet) to his death while posing for a photo on a mountainside at Peru’s top archaeological site, Machu Picchu.