Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cliff Selfie Causes Polish Couple To Fall To Their Death

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A couple has died after falling from cliffs in Portugal while taking pictures of themselves on Sunday, according to investigators.

The man and woman reportedly went past a barrier set up to keep people off the cliff edge at Cabo de Roca, a popular coasta tourist destination near Lisbon.

They slipped while trying to take a selfie, Captain Dario Pinto Moreira told Portuguese news station CMTV. The couple's children, aged 5 and 6, were with them and are now in the custody of Polish diplomats.

Cabo de Roca is the most western point of Europe, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.

The Polish couple had lived in Portugal for the past few years, according to Polish media. The bodies of the parents were recovered Monday, after an attempt to retrieve them Sunday failed because of weather.

This is, sadly, not the first time a selfie has turned deadly. Last week a man in Mexico was taking a selfie when he accidentally shot himself in the head. Others have sustained injuries while taking selfies: A man was trampled by a bull in France while trying to take a photo in front of it, and a reporter was nearly hit in the head by a stray baseball while snapping a photo of herself.

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