A 33-year-old man fell nearly 40 feet to his death after losing his balance while taking a selfie in Brazil.
Logistics analyst Igor de Oliveira Rodrigues Dias fell off a rock over Joatinga Beach in Rio de Janeiro on the afternoon of November 10.
He was trying to take a selfie when he fell from about 12 meters and died when his head hit another rock below him, local media reported.
Logistics analyst Igor de Oliveira Rodrigues Dias (photo) fell from a cliff in Brazil on the afternoon of November 10 after losing his balance while taking a selfie
His devastated mother, 60-year-old Luiza Rodrigues, said: “That morning he signed a contract with a company he wanted to work for. So he went out with a friend to have a little party on the beach.
“I spoke to him, asked where he was. He replied that he was on the beach. But I don’t know why he chose to climb that high rock.”
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene but pronounced Igor dead before using a helicopter to remove his body from the scene.
Igor graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and held two postgraduate qualifications.
His mother told local media: “He was an only child, he went to university, he had his whole life ahead of him.”
His grieving father, Jonas Dias, said: “He died before me and I will not accept it. I think every son should bury his father, not the father his son. It was a tragedy.’
Dias fell from a cliff overlooking Joatinga Beach (pictured) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last week
Fabio Contreiras, spokesman for the Rio de Janeiro fire department, said: “We must always be sure, never go close to the edge of the cliff and ask someone to take a picture if necessary.
Always seek safety first. Don’t risk your life for likes.”
A Spanish study published last year showed that between January 2008 and July 2021, one person died in an accident every 13 days while trying to capture a landscape.
Brazil recorded the fifth highest number of incidents.