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People Who Paid the Ultimate Price for Selfies

Cruise ship passengers aboard cruise ships, on excursions and travelers in general need to be aware of their surroundings as they shoot for the ultimate holiday selfie memory of their travels. More than 30 people have died during selfies, some of them so outrageous, they defy comprehension.

The United States Department of Transportation estimated that during 2014, the year of the selfie, 33,000 people were injured while driving and using a cell-phone in some fashion, which can include talking, listening, and "manual button/control actuation" including taking, uploading, downloading, editing, or opening of selfies.

A survey by Erie Insurance Group found 4% of all drivers admit to taking selfies while driving, equal to nearly ten percentage of drivers who admit to singing or dancing while driving and 1% higher than drivers who admit to urinating or defecating while driving.

Some people have made a name for themselves doing selfies during travel. Greg Benson known for this Youtube channel for Mediocrefilms, has more than 270,000 subscribers and has some pretty cool selfie shoots as he wanders the cruise ship.

But, when capturing the perfect photographic memory of a vacation moment becomes an obsession, things go terribly wrong, terribly fast. More than 30 people have died while taking selfies, after they became so fixated on getting an infamous shot, they became unaware of their surroundings, or simply risked it all for that perfect shot. These incidents prove, there are no limits to stupidity of people all around the world and many of those moments were captured on camera as our photo slider documents.

December 5, 2011, During a pub-crawl night on the town to celebration the end of Prohibition, Kelly Ryann Dorrell, 26 and her boyfriend, 40, were aboard the Queen Mary docked permanently in Long Beach as a tourist attraction, when Dorrell decided to pose for a photograph sitting atop a railing, accidentally falling overboard around 2030 hours on Monday, December 5, 2011.

On January 1, 2009, just after midnight during a New Year’s Eve celebration, cruise ship entertainer, Antonio Matabang, 25, was off-duty at the time, when he stood on a cruise ship railing for a photograph. He lost his balance and fell, witnessed by other employees who threw Matabang a life ring then put out the man overboard call after he fell a distance of 80 feet overboard, making him the first of eight to fall overboard on a cruise ship in 2009. We have documented 120 cases of real people with their names and ages who have gone overboard on a cruise ship from January 1, 1990 to January 2, 2017.

On March 17, 2015, George Uthuppu, 54, from Kingwood, Texas was on a birthday celebration cruise with his wife Mary, when he went overboard in the Gulf Of Mexico. He was seen on the cruise ship security camera sitting on the railing of his cabin balcony while sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Triumph.

Days later, his body was found at sea off the coast of Mexico by a Mexican rescue team and was taken to Mexico.

July 2, 2013, Chris Carter, 39, from Houston, Texas was a passenger board Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Magic on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, when he died from injuries he sustained in a fall aboard the cruise ship.

According to witnesses and a cruise ship security camera, Chris Carter, was sitting on the railing of his cruise ship cabin balcony, when he fell backwards, struck another lower railing, landing three decks below. Chris Carter struck his head suffering a fatal head trauma. He was pronounced dead by shipboard medical personnel.

Other Travel Selfie Deaths and Injuries

November 12, 2016 - Parmeswar Reddy, 21, and Nagarjuna, 20, were part of four engineering students who entered Nagarjuna Sagar canal in Khammam, Telangan India to take a selfie but they lost balance due to strong currents and were washed away.

August 29, 2016 - Jordan Toner, 29, was driving a 2014 Mazda CX5 on Deering Lake Road in Orient, Maine with seven passengers crammed into the small car, when he leaned over to join in a selfie photo with friends, ran off the road and into a tree. His friends were injured, including suffering broken bones. He was charged for failing to maintain control of the car while being distracted.

August 28, 2016 - Canadians Isabelle Lagace, 28, and Melina Roberce, 22, were arrested on a world cruise after port security at the end of their cruise found 95 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated value of about $31 million in the ring leader's cabin aboard Princess Cruises' Sea Princess when they docked in Sydney, Australia. The two women were posting swimsuit selfies and other photos to Facebook throughout the cruise Their swimsuit cruise selfies went viral after the arrest.

March 5, 2016 - Mahamd Hassan, 22, was shot with a 12-gauge shotgun by friend Albert Rapovski, 20, who was high on GHB while play with the sawed-off shotgun, taking photos of themselves on their mobile phones in Melbourne, Australia. As Rapovski aimed the gun at Hassan's head, Hassan held up his phone camera to capture the moment. He was killed when Rapovski then fired what was suppose to be an unloaded gun into his face.

January 5, 2016 - Cristina Marie Pagalilauan, 19, a student at Adamson University had just finished taking selfies with classmate Jonea Mildred Ani. The pair were on 20th floor roof deck of Manila, Philippines Dahlia Tower 3 at Suntrust Parkview Condominium. Pagalilauan fell to her death after she was not satisfied with the photos they had taken so she decided to climb up the parapet wall.

December 21, 2015 - Muhammet Bozkurt, 17, and Caglar Savasci, 19, were killed when five friends, who had been heavily drinking during a road trip from Alanya to Antalya, Turkey were run over by a truck. They had stopped by the airport's perimeter fence on their way back to look at the planes. The five were lying down in the dark on a road at 9pm to take a selfie with an airplane landing in the background on a heavily traveled road. Two of the five died at the scene after they were run over by a truck.

September, 24, 2015 - Andrey Retrovesky, 17, from Vologda, Russia, addicted to daredevil selfies, calling himself Drewsssick online, died during a selfie stunt. He climbed to the top of a nine-story building with a friend in an effort to capture a photo that would make him appear to be falling from the roof. The rope used to secure him snapped and he plunged to the ground.

August 21, 2015 – Mr. Chen was at Dong Bai mountain's Long Men waterfall. He was found dead with his camera and selfie stick in his hand. It is thought that he was taking a selfie at the waterfall when he lost his footing and fell to his death.

August 9, 2015 - David González Lopez, 32, was running with the bulls in Villaseca de la Sagra, Spain. Lopez had his back to the charging bulls while trying to film a collision between two bulls, one of which appeared to fall unconscious, a third bull runs towards him and gores him in the back, tossing him in the air. Lopez died in the hospital later that day.

July 21, 2015 - a 43-year-old Mississippi woman who was traveling in Yellowstone Park with her six-year-old daughter. She was snapping a selfie in front of a wild bison when the bison attacked. The woman, had her back turned to the bison even though it was barely six yards away. Bison attacks of tourists are fairly common, so much so, park rangers tell tourists to remain at least 25 yards from bison, which can run up to 30 miles per hour.

July 22, 2015 - Liezel Wage asked that their vehicle stop so she could take pictures of herself and her family with the scenic view as their background, while vacationing in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte Philippines. She was hit by a speeding motorcycle while taking the selfie. She was taken to hospital and died. The driver of the motorcycle was a minor.

July 4, 2015 - Todd Fassler from San Diego, California was trying to take a selfie with a rattlesnake. He was bitten in at the arm by the rattlesnake at the Barona, California Speedway. Fassler was hospitalized for five days, during which time he used all the anti-venom two hospitals had in stock. This may enter the record books for one of the world’s most expensive selfies. The hospital bill for his treatment came to $153,161.25. In 2015, a single vial of anti-venom costs $14,000 in the United States.

June 29, 2016 - Jim Jongyeob, 28, from South Korea lost his footing while trying to take a picture on the edge of the Gocta waterfall, in Peru in the north-east Amazon region and fell 1,600 feet to his death.

February 21, 2015 - A man in Kalama, Washington, trying to take a selfie of himself and a woman on the train tracks was killed. The northbound Burlington Northern-Santa Fe morning train approached they walked out between the northbound and southbound set of train tracks to pose for pictures as the train passed by him. The two didn’t realize an Amtrak train was approaching them from the southbound set of tracks. The man was killed and the woman was injured.

February 2, 2015 - Igor Kemeter, 22, from Serbia was trying to recreate a scene from his favorite movie Barking at the Stars. In Serbian film 'Barking at the Stars', the boy manages to beat the train, and is hailed as a hero by his friends, but ends up being punished by his teachers. Kemeter, waited until he saw a train approaching, and then started to run along the railway line and used his mobile phone to take a selfie. He was hit at full speed by the train and killed instantly.

January 26, 2015 - Three college students named Yakub, Iqbal and Afzal from New Delhi, Moradabad and Faridabad India trying to take a "daredevil selfie" too close to an oncoming train on railway tracks were killed, only a fourth friend, Aneesh, survived.

January 17, 2015 - Cheynne Holloway, 21, had just met James Oliver online and they were having their first date. The couple walked to the top of a popular cliff in Northcliff, an affluent suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. The couple were preparing to take a selfie. Oliver looked away to adjust his camera tripod and when he looked up, Holloway was gone. Rocks gave way at the edge of the cliff and Holloway fell a distance of 65 feet. Holloway was the bassist for a band called Burning Blue.

November 4, 2014 - Sylwia Rajchel, 23, medical student, from Lublin, Poland, was on holiday in Seville, Spain, when she tried to take a photo of herself on the famous Puente de Triana bridge. Rajche slipped while balancing on the ledge of the bridge and fell off.

October 12, 2014 - Chezka Agas, 18, drowned to death while posing for a group selfie after a friend’s birthday celebration in the Philippines. She was captured by a strong wave and drowned.

August 15, 2014 - Matthew Kelley Strand, 36, of Niagara, North Dakota, 36, killed a 54-year-old woman from Portland, North Dakota while driving. She was riding a bicycle and he was distracted as he took a selfie, striking her from behind with his vehicle. Strand pleaded guilty to aggravated reckless driving, a Class A misdemeanor and sentenced to six months in jail.

August 9, 2014 – Michal and Hania Aguilar, a Polish couple visiting the cliffs at Cabo da Roca on the west coast of Portugal, died as the couple attempted to take pictures of themselves, falling to their deaths after crossing a safety barrier to take a selfie with their two children ages 5 and 6. Their two children who were present at the scene survived.

August 2, 2014 - Oscar Otero Aguilar, 21, a veterinarian in Mexico City, a selfie addict, was drinking with friends and took a selfie to post on Facebook. He posed with a gun pointed at his face. The gun accidentally went off and he was declared dead at the scene.

June 30, 2014 - Marie Rocello, 14, a student at Rizal High School in Pasig, Philippines was having a “selfie” photograph taken with a school friend using her smartphone, when she suddenly lost balance and fell off the edge of the staircase from the third floor to the second floor. Rocello died after suffering broken ribs which punctured her kidney.

April 24, 2014 - Courtney Sanford, 32, from North Carolina died in a head-on collision seconds after she posted selfies while listening to Pharrell Williams' song, Happy. Her Facebook time line which read: “The happy song makes me so HAPPY” was posted seconds before her vehicle veered across the center median, collided with a recycling truck, left the road, hit a tree, and burst into flames. The truck driver was unharmed.

December 27, 2013 - Mohammad al-Chaar, 16, was one of group of four teens who posed for a selfie in Beirut. In the background a car can be seen pulling up behind them. The car exploded in a terrorist attack, killing Mohammad al-Chaar. Dozens of people were also wounded in the bombing, which officials said was caused by 50-60 kilograms (110-132 pounds) of explosives.

Cruise Ship Risk Takers:
30 Cruise Passengers Age 14-30 Overboard

  • Ariel Brianna Marion - 21, Allure of the Seas Passenger Overboard
  • Andrew Gready - 22, Pacific Sky Passenger Overboard
  • Bernardo Garcia Elbaz - 31, Oasis of the Seas Passenger Overboard
  • Brent Smith - 24, Freedom Of The Seas Passenger Overboard
  • Bruce O'Krepki - 18, Carnival Fantasy Passenger Suicide Overboard
  • Cameron Smook - 21, Carnival Glory Passenger Overboard
  • Clarice Partee - 20, Grand Princess Passenger Overboard
  • Daniel Dipiero - 21, Mariner Of The Seas Passenger Overboard
  • David Ritcheson - 18, Carnival Ecstasy Passenger Suicide Overboard
  • Elizabeth Kay Galeana - 22, Voyager Of The Seas Passenger Overboard
  • Eric Miller - 17, Voyager Of The Seas Passenger Overboard
  • Everard Simmons - 20, Spirit Of New York Passenger Overboard
  • George Allen Smith IV - 24, Brilliance Of The Seas Passenger Overboard
  • Grant Medeiros - 14, Regal Princess Passenger Overboard
  • James Cornelius Miller - 30, Bahamas Celebration Passenger Overboard
  • Jose Miguel Pietri Tello - 21, Liberty Of The Seas Passenger Overboard
  • Kaylyn Rose Sommer - 24, Norwegian Pearl Passenger Overboard
  • Kenneth Gemmell - 30, Allure Of The Seas Passenger Overboard
  • Kristin Schroder - 26, Carnival Spirit Passenger Overboard
  • Lynsey O'Brien - 15,Costa Magica Passenger Overboard
  • Michael Hepner - 19, Carnival Sensation Passenger
  • Passenger - 21, Jumped Off Deck 18, Norwegian Getaway Overboard
  • Paul Rossington - 30, Carnival Spirit Passenger Overboard
  • Rajkumar Agarwal - 30, SuperStar Gemini Passenger Overboard
  • Richard Fearnside - 30, Pride Of Kent Passenger Overboard
  • Richard Mulloy - 22, Norwegian Majesty Passenger Overboard
  • Ronald Kemp - 31, Carnival Fascination Passenger Overboard
  • Sean Christopher Rae - 28, Bahia Belle Passenger Overboard
  • Tien Nguyen - 26, Adventure Of The Seas Passenger Overboard
  • Walter Bouknight - 26, Carnival Fantasy Passenger Overboard

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