Sylwia Rajchel, 23 a Polish medical student has died in an attempt to take the ever perfect selfie after falling off a bridge.
The New York Post reports that Rajchel was attempting to take her photo “selfie” using her mobile phone when she slipped and fell 15 feet on the bridge’s concrete railing. She adds to the growing list of people who accidentally slipped or fell to their death because of the global craze of taking photos of one’s self to mark memorable events and then posting it on social media sites.
Sylwia Rajchel went into cardiac arrest after her fall and she eventually died from her injuries despite efforts of medics to save her.
Following the tragedy of what could have been the young woman’s dream vacation, the Seville city spokesman said the local authorities plan to make that stretch of road along the river safer for domestic and foreign visitors since it is one of the most photographed landmarks in Seville.
The span was built in the middle of the 19th century and tourists love to take picture on the bridge which overlooks the Guadalquivir River.
Sylwia Rajchel is a nursing student at Poland’s University of Medicine in Posada, disclosed her mother Bernadeta who lamented, “She was a beautiful, smiling girl who had her whole life ahead of her … It’s hard to believe what’s happened, that I will never see Sylwia again.”
Bernadeta, 44, shared that her daughter even learned the Spanish language because she hoped to work in the future in Spain after she graduates. “It breaks my heart. I feel this is [a] nightmare that is not happening,” the mother added.
In June, a similar tragedy happened to Isabella Fracchiolla, an Italian student who was taking a selfie during their school trip to Taranto, a seaside town in southeastern Italy. She fell on jagged rocks and suffered multiple injuries.
Other selfie victims in 2014 alone include a 17-year-old Russian girls who plummeted 30 feet to her death from a railway bridge and then was electrocuted by live wires in April, a 32-year-old South Carolina woman who crashed her car head-on into a truck while posting selfies as she drove, also in April, and a 32-year-old Spanish man who died from a 3,500-volt electric shock when he climbed on top of a train to take a selfie.
The growing incidents of selfie-related deaths prompted experts to warn people that they are risking they lives and limbs when they attempt to take more spectacular and risky self-portraits to look better than their friends or social media contacts’ selfies.
Given this growing but alarming phenomenon, it would not be surprising if these fatal photo opportunities are labelled as Death by Selfie, similar to the name given to a deliciously sinful dessert more known among foodies as Death by Chocolate.