Dis­pen­sary Cor­ner

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THE re­lent­less search for the ideal “selfie” has led to more than 250 deaths, ac­cord­ing to a study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Fam­ily Medicine & Pri­mary Care.

Re­searchers from the In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ences trawled news ar­ti­cles be­tween 2011 and 2017 and found 259 re­ported selfie tragedies as like­seek­ers plum­meted to their death from at­trac­tive van­tage points, were mauled to death by wild an­i­mals or run down by trains as they took their own per­fect snap.

The av­er­age age of those killed was just un­der 23, and over three quar­ters of those killed tak­ing selfies were male.

The top causes of death were drown­ing, be­ing hit by a ve­hi­cle or fall­ing - while the USA led in terms of firearm-re­lated “self­i­cides”.

AN AMER­I­CAN cou­ple ex­pe­ri­enced a some­what un­wel­come “Rocky Moun­tain high” af­ter they hiked to a scenic lo­ca­tion in Colorado where the 27-year-old man pro­posed to his girl­friend.

The ad­ven­ture took them to Jasper Peak, which has an el­e­va­tion of al­most 4,000m - but af­ter he popped the ques­tion and was joy­fully ac­cepted, they un­for­tu­nately be­came lost as dark­ness fell dur­ing their re­turn.

An­other hiker found the lovedup pair suf­fer­ing from de­hy­dra­tion and al­ti­tude sick­ness, with res­cuers reach­ing them early the next morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the Boul­der County sher­iff’s of­fice, they didn’t end up re­quir­ing med­i­cal treat­ment and de­spite the mishap the en­gage­ment is “still on”.

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