Deadly selfie takes a life in Sukkur

Yasir Farooqi

ROHRI: A man fell into River Indus and drowned on Wednesday as he tried to capture his selfie at the Lansdowne Bridge.

Rescue services could not recover him despite a 10-hour-long search. The search was suspended due to dense fog.

Asif Jamil, a resident of Chrisitan Colony was visiting the bridge with his wife for a picnic.

The manmade Lansdowne Bridge which connects Sukkur and Rohri, is a 19th Century engineering marvel, and often cause for awe in the region.

Selfie deaths are not unheard of. In August this year, an 11-year-old and her parents drowned in Kunhar River as they tried to take a selfie.

So-called "selfie deaths" have surged with the global rise of smartphones.

On July 5, Peruvian police recovered the body of a South Korean tourist under a waterfall in the Amazon jungle, days after he fell in while taking a photo of himself.

Earlier, a 51-year-old German tourist plunged 200 metres (650 feet) to his death while posing for a photo on a mountainside at Peru’s top archaeological site, Machu Picchu.