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Tourist dies trying to take selfie at Machu Picchu

In the quest for the perfect holiday photo, another victim has been claimed: after figures released this year showed that in 2015, selfies killed more people than sharks, a tourist has been killed whilst trying to take a selfie at Machu Picchu.

The 51 year old German man was trying to imitate flying whilst posing for a photo in a restricted area atop the famous mountain in the Peruvian Andes when he lost his footing, falling down a ravine.

The incident is the latest in a string of tragic selfie related accidents. 49 deaths by selfie were recorded between 2014 and January 2016, according to online data website Pricenomics. Of these, the average age was 21, 75% of victims were male and 1/3 of deaths were caused by a fall from a height.

Whilst there’s no need to avoid taking great holiday photos or selfies, the advice is to stay aware of your surroundings and avoid unnecessary risks.

IMG: Machu Picchu, Peru (HDR), Dan Doan

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