Sharks kill 6 globally in 2015 while 12 die from selfies
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 September, 2015 - While sharks have gotten all the gore publicity lately, a new study says that more people died last year from failed selfies than from the toothy predators. It appears the world is trying to imitate the extreme sports community by taking a cool sulfie, but is failing miserably.
In August a man trying to take a selfie was gored to death during a running of the bulls in Villaseca de la Sagra, Spain. In Russia a 21-year-old fell to her death from a bridge after trying to get the shot. And in Yellowstone National Park there were five separate selfie takers gored during the summer while standing too close to buffalo.
Falls were the number one cause of selfie deaths while several others fatalities involved being hit by trains. Russia has launched a public safety campaign (in the vein of anti-smoking and binge-drinking campaigns) telling people to be careful out there.
“A cool selfie could cost you your life” is the tag line from posters, booklets and safety videos according to Reuters
An aide to Russia’s interior minister stated: ‘Before taking a selfie, everyone should think about the fact that racing after a high number of ‘likes’ could lead him on a journey to death and his last extreme photo could turn out to be posthumous.’
So be careful out there and stick to surfing selfies. They are much safer.