Couple falls to their deaths while taking a selfie

Sadly, this isn't the first time that selfie-taking has resulted in tragedy. 


Mike Fenn

Internet Culture

Published Aug 11, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 7:16 pm CDT

While selfies certainly manage to capture priceless memories, sometimes our quest for the perfect shot leaves us oblivious of surrounding danger. Unfortunately, this can result in tragedy.

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According to Betabeat, an unidentified Polish couple were posing for a selfie on a cliffside in Cabo da Roca, Portugal while on vacation with their two children. As they posed, the unthinkable happened: They stepped back a little too far to fit into the frame and fell to their deaths. An NBC News report claims that the bodies were recovered from the Atlantic Ocean the following day.

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Sadly, this isn’t the first time that selfie-taking has resulted in tragedy. Earlier this year, a teen in India was killed when attempting to take a selfie in front of an oncoming train.

When taking selfies, it’s always best to first take a moment and examine the surrounding area for any possible hazards. After all, what good is a captured memory if you won’t be around to enjoy it?

H/T Betabeat / Image via (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Aug 11, 2014, 3:01 pm CDT