Goa brings in 24 ‘no-selfie zones’ along coast after spate of deaths

The Indian state of Goa is introducing 24 ‘no selfie’ zones along its coast after a spate of drowning incidents involving people trying to get a good shot.

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The zones, which will be at already established ‘no-swim’ spots, will have signage including pictorial instructions, an emergency toll-free number and dos and don’ts while visiting the beaches of Goa.

India has more has had selfie deaths than any other nation, according to a 2016 study, with 76 of 127 recorded worldwide selfie deaths in 2014 and 2015 taking place in the country. Most of the deaths are related to heights, vehicles or water.

In 2014 seven young people were killed as their boat overturned while they were trying to take a selfie on a lake in Maharashtra.

In a similar move, Southern Railways’ Salem division has decided to fine passengers Rs 2,000 (£22) for taking selfies inside station premises. Repeat offenders could even face 6-month prison sentences.

A British woman and her Australian partner who fell to their death from a cliff overlooking a beach in Portugal recently appeared to have been trying to take a selfie at the time. 

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