Woman who tragically fell to death from 27th floor while taking selfie was a teacher and had two children
Sandra Manuela Macedo, 27, had just arrived in Panama City from her native Portugal to work as a teacher
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The identity of a woman who died after a free fall from a high-rise building while trying to take a selfie has now been revealed. The woman died after plummetting down 27 floors as she lost her balance while taking a selfie, and the footage of the same has now gone viral on social media.
The victim, identified as 27-year-old Sandra Manuela Da Costa Macedo, was leaning against a balcony railing in an attempt to take the photo but lost her footing while doing the same. The video footage from the incident showed the victim still holding the selfie stick during her freefall towards the ground. "She's mad, there she goes, look at her, look at her, she's fallen," an observer filming the disturbing footage shouted.
Macedo was a native of the northern Portuguese town of Aves and is survived by two children. Her Facebook profile shows that she worked at the Agrupamento de Escolas António Rodrigues Sampaio and the Agrupamento de Escolas Frei Bartolomeu dos Mártires.
The incident took place in a building called the Luxor Tower in the popular neighborhood of El Cangrejo in Panama City. Paramedics rushed to the scene after the alarm was raised at around 10 am local time but found that the woman was already dead.
While the victim was initially identified as a Portuguese holidaymaker who had just arrived in Panama, a woman who described herself as a friend later revealed online that she was, in fact, a mother-of-two who was in the country to work as a teacher, Daily Mail reports.
During the incident, the woman half-sat on the railing as construction workers on a neighboring tower block yelled at her to get off. However, there were strong winds blowing at the time, which meant she couldn't hear their warning before she fell to her death.
Law enforcement authorities said a gust of wind may have knocked her off balance, however, the incident is still under investigation. An official warning was published by Panama's Fire Service after the shocking tragedy: "Don't risk your life for a selfie. It's more important to lose a minute in life than your life in a minute."
Susana Cunha Barros, a Portuguese woman, posted a tribute to Macedo on her Facebook. "So long," she wrote in the caption. "Sandra... thank you for your contribution in the education of my daughter Helena... Will always be remembered with great affection."
A friend of the victim wrote on Instagram: "This woman was a very good friend of mine, a mother of two children. She was a teacher and she was in Panama to work in her chosen profession. She was Portuguese and called Sandra. Let's pray for her." Another user commented: "It's sad to see a person like that, so full of life and wanting to look beautiful in a photo but not realizing the place she's in is dangerous because of the wind."
The video of the accident was captured by a construction worker who posted it on social media. Some readers may find the video disturbing.
Esto es increíble.. acaba de pasar en la Ciudad de Panama. Una adolescente cayó 27 pisos por tomarse un selfie.. Hay que crear conciencia de lo que está pasando con el uso de las RRSS. @CMonteroOficial @soyfdelrincon @camilocnn pic.twitter.com/fTZ6NN0gFU— FalconGreen (@AnezAez4) October 12, 2018
It was found that 259 people died while trying to take selfies between October 2011 and November 2017, according to a recent study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi that was published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. The study concluded that over 72 percent of the deaths were men, with drowning being the most common cause of death while taking a selfie.