Monday, 10 July 2017

3 Drown, 5 Missing In India While Taking Selfies


Police on Monday said three men died and five remain missing after their boat capsized in a river in central India while they were taking selfies and videos for social media.

The police said the accident occurred on Sunday evening when a group of 10 men, between 21 and 28 years, were out on a fishing boat on the Vena river near the city of Nagpur.


Area police chief Chandrashekhar Bahadure said the boatman rescued two men and three bodies were fished out Monday afternoon.

“During initial investigations, we found that the group was busy taking videos and selfies on the boat that is suspected to have caused the tragedy,” Bahadure said.
“Survivors say the boat lost balance and overturned when a number of men came to one side to pose for either selfies or videos.
“The men had also posted a video on Facebook minutes before the boat tipped over,” he said.

Police said divers and national disaster response force personnel were assisting in the rescue but it was unlikely there would be survivors.

India has had the highest number of selfie-related deaths, according to new research.

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