Selfie or die trying? Goa says, ‘Enough.’
EARLIER THIS WEEK, a man in Jalpaiguri, India, was nearly strangled by a rock python.
It was purely by choice, as he had put himself in the compromising position.
Forest ranger Sanjay Dutta was called in by residents to catch the 18-foot snake after it had killed and eaten a goat.
But before putting it into a sack to transport it back to the wild, he draped the animal around his neck to take celebratory selfies.
A python is a python, and it will do what it does best – attempt to coil itself around a mammal. It was a narrow escape for Dutta as he was nearly entangled.
Two days before Dutta’s incident, a 33-year-old mother-of-three fell 500 feet to her death in front of her family while visiting Matheran, a hill station in India.
Sarita Rammahesh Chouhan is believed to have slipped just as she was trying to take a selfie at the popular beauty spot.
Just a couple of months earlier, a first-year college student was killed near Sulur in Coimbatore, India, while taking a selfie on the train tracks.
The 18-year-old was hit by a goods train traveling from Erode to Kerala.
And sometime last year, a 17-year-old boy drowned in a pond and his friends weren’t even aware as they were busy selfie-ing.
Student Drowned As Friends Took A Group Selfie From Just A Few Feet Away (Photos) pic.twitter.com/vng8EKkdiZ
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Selfie deaths in India are a dime a dozen.
In fact, a study by Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information recorded 127 selfie deaths in the world from March 2014 to September 2016. Of these, a whopping 60 percent (76) deaths took place in India.
Goa, India’s popular sunshine destination famous for its white sands and warm emerald water, has had enough.
The state identified 24 ‘no selfie zones’ along its coast after a spate of drowning incidents involving people trying to get a good shot.
Goa’s rocky coastline is highly Instrgammable the perfect spot for #photooftheday enthusiasts, but it’s also where travelers slip and drown.
The unsafe selfie points that have been marked with signages are:
- Baga River
- Dona Paula Jetty
- Sinquerim Fort
- Between Bambolim and Siridao (all beaches)
- Japanese Garden
- Cabo De Rama
Meanwhile, Goa has made clear the no-swim zones on all its beaches, marking the spots with red flags.
Signage boards in the vicinity will feature pictorial instructions, dos and don’ts, and an emergency toll-free number.
Goa’s beaches are monitored and patrolled by the Beach Safety Patrol (BSP), and lifeguards are on duty from 7:30am till 6pm daily during the monsoon season.
Two lifeguards are also present at every lifeguard tower to handle emergency situations.