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Three in family drown after daughter tries to take a selfie

Her mother and father jumped into the Pakistani River to save her but were also swept away.


Lyz Lenz


Posted on Aug 17, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 6:01 am CDT

An 11-year-old was trying to take a selfie when she drowned in the Kunhar River near Hassa, Pakistan.

When Safia Atif’s mom, Shazia, jumped in to rescue her, she was swept in the tide and also died, according to Dawn, a Pakistani news site. Her father, Atif Hussain, did the same and also drowned. 

The family was on vacation from Punjab, India, and is survived by a 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son, who witnessed the event.

Dawn quotes an unnamed government official as estimating that as many as a dozen people drown every year in the Kunhar River and that officials have put up signs warning people away from the water. 

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*First Published: Aug 17, 2016, 2:07 pm CDT