Four members from the same family all drowned at Pambar Dam in India on Sunday after falling into the water while attempting to take a selfie together.
Newlywed V. Nivedha and her husband G. Perumalsamy went to see the dam along with four family members ranging in age from 14-22 while visiting Nivedha's sister about a month after the pair's wedding. The group of six waded into waist-deep water for a selfie while holding hands, when one of them slipped, pulling the rest of the group down with them, where they were swept into deeper waters. Perumalsamy was able to save himself and his sister, Yuvarani, but sadly, the other four in the group drowned. Their bodies were recovered quickly.
A 2018 study showed that India has the most selfie deaths of any country in the world (over half the total across the planet), with the majority of victims being men under 30. Authorities have said that they plan to implement no-selfie zones in high-danger areas. Many experts have begun studying the problem and deemed it a public health crisis as the numbers of death and injuries continue to rise.
Lead image by Cl.sekar, in public domain.