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Man plummets 50ft down waterfall while attempting to take a selfie

The incident occurred at Ghatarani, a famous tourist spot under Fingeshwar police station limits in district Gariaband, Chattisgarh, India, on Sunday morning.
UPDATED MAR 24, 2020
(Source:Getty Images)
(Source:Getty Images)

After losing his footing, while trying to capture the perfect selfie, a man slipped and fell 50 feet down a jagged waterfall. 

The incident occurred on Saturday when the lurching youth accidentally plunged from a slippery edge and broke his pelvis. He was immediately rushed to a hospital nearby.

According to reports, the man was at the waterfall in the Gariaband District in northern India to visit his friends.

After climbing to the top of the scenic natural wonder, the man decided to take a photo of himself.

However, he could not place his foot firmly and slipped on the wet stone before plunging down onto the rocks below and crashing over the lip of the falls.

A fellow visitor captured the footage of the fall on his cell phone which shows the man plummeting to the rocks underneath.

The bumbling man barely avoided seriously hurting another man who was unwittingly standing at the bottom, enjoying the waterfall.

Law enforcement authorities in the area are urging people to avoid taking life-threatening photos, especially selfies.

Ever since the selfie-taking craze gripped people across the world, dozens of incidents have been reported in which people lost their lives while trying to capture imagery.

Back in June, a 35-year-old man was trying to pose for a selfie when he fell from a 170ft high waterfall in southern India and lost his life.

Now identified as Gamjan Usman Kagji from Ghatprabha, the victim was climbing down the cliff face of the widely known Gokak waterfalls before slipping. The waterfall is a popular tourist destination in the Belagavi district of Karnataka.

According to local media, Kagji and his friends had been performing stunts near the edge despite being warned of the danger after turning up heavily drunk att he well known natural destination.

According to witnesses, Kagji had begun climbing down the cliff in an attempt to capture the perfect photo.

In another freak incident, 32-year-old Courtney Ann Sanford died in a head-on collision with a truck in North Carolina just moments after uploading a smiley selfie.

Sanford referred to a Pharell Williams song in her Facebook post and wrote: "the happy song makes me HAPPY!" She was driving at the time.

In another tragic accident, 17-year-old Xenia Ignatyeva died after plunging 30 feet as she climbed onto a railway bridge in order to capture a selfie.

Xenia was hit by 1,500 volts as she was electrocuted while trying to grab live wires to break her fall. The Russian teenager was just one month shy of turning 18 at the time of her death.

A 66-year-old Japanese tourist died in 2015 when he slipped backward on some stairs while taking a picture of himself at the Taj Mahal in India.

According to Mashable, his death took the selfie death toll to 12 for that year, which was more than the number of people killed by sharks in 2015, which stood at eight casualties.