Hiking experts: Think of safety before taking selfies

Hiking experts: Think of safety before taking selfies
Experts say hikers need to pay more attention to personal safety before taking selfies.
PHOTO: Berita Harian

PETALING JAYA - Hiking experts commenting on the case of five university students who fell down a 24m ravine while trying to take a selfie have offered a most simple advice - they should have paid more attention to their personal safety.

The five escaped serious injury although they ended up having to be hoisted up by firemen from the ravine in the incident at the Keluang Hill in Kuala Besut on Wednesday.

"I believe that these students went out of the range of the safety zone which is meant to protect them.

"They were probably very close to the edge, past where the rails are to keep them safe, so that they could take some nice pictures and they lost their balance and fell," said hiking guide Mohd Noorshadi Salim.

The five students were from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) and were with 20 other students when they stopped for the selfies before slipping and tumbling.

Besut Fire and Rescue Department chief Mohd Zailani Abdullah said five firemen from the Kampung Raja fire stations were involved in the rescue.

Selfie-related accidents are on the rise, with 27 people dying from such incidents around the world last year.

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