We hate to cover these stories on here, but it seems like the message isn’t getting out so here we are.
And that message is that you need to maintain situational awareness at all times while taking photographs, even with your smartphone. The number of people who die in accidents, just like this one, is too great.
Please pay attention to what’s going on around you and be careful.
That said, today’s story follows a familiar tune. A mother in Australia was hiking around Grampians National Park last Saturday.
She tumbled 260 feet to her death after climbing a protective barrier at the famous Boroka Lookout. It took more than six hours for the Victoria Police and State Emergency Service to retrieve her body using a winch. In addition to railings, multiple signs warning visitors of the dangers they face are posted around the popular tourist site.
A warning on the police website reads in part:
“One of the issues that is constantly tying up our resources is individuals risking life and limb in a bid to get the ultimate selfie…We regularly see dangerous photos and videos geo-tagged to the area where individuals have compromised their own safety to get a particular shot.”
It continues: “We also frequently work with local rescue teams on missions to bring individuals to safety who have ignored signage and climbed over safety barriers or fencing. Our missions do not always have successful outcomes.”
A tour guide had warned his group thirty minutes prior to the accident about this kind of thing happening. Too Fab cites a report of a British woman in 1999 that met a similar fate – way before the era of selfies. Again, that underscores our central premise that is you need to be situationally aware at all times as much as possible.
What do you think we can do to make accidents like this fewer in the future? Of course, we would love to know your thoughts on this in the comments section below.
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