20-year-old Indian dies after falling from Ireland’s Moher cliffs while taking selfie

Two months after the death of an Indian couple in California’s Yosemite National Park allegedly while taking a selfie hit the headlines, an Indian student on Saturday died after falling off a cliff in Ireland while taking a selfie.

The unidentified Indian national in his 20s was studying at a university in Dublin. He lost his balance while taking the photograph at the popular tourist attraction the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare on Friday afternoon.

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The tragedy happened south of the main viewing areas near the visitor centre. There were hundreds of people enjoying the scenery and cliff walk at the time, the Irish Mirror reported.

Emergency services, including a search helicopter, were mobilised as soon as the alarm was raised. A winchman from the helicopter recovered the man from the sea. The victim was flown to nearby Doolin where he was formally pronounced dead.

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The police interviewed a number of witnesses and confirmed they were treating the death as a tragic accident.

“There is nothing to suggest at this stage that this was anything other than a tragic accident. Initial indications are, having taken statements from a number of people, is that the victim was taking a selfie and lost his footing,” an Irish Police spokesman said.

The incident remained under investigation while the police was tonight trying to make contact with the victim’s family in India.

In June 2007, a Hungarian man in his 20s died after he fell to his death at the Cliffs of Moher while taking photographs. The cliffs draw about 1.5 million visitors per year.

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As per a 2018 global study report, 259 people lost their lives across the world in an attempt to document extreme selfies. Additionally, the media reports suggest that India tops in number of selfie-related accidents, accounting for 50 per cent of the global figures and lies substantially ahead of countries like Russia, United States and Pakistan.

(With agency inputs)