23-year-old med student Sylwia Rajchel from Poland decided to take a break from her studies by vacationing in Spain. While on the ledge of the Puente de Triana, Rajchel tried to take a selfie. Unfortunately, she lost her footing and fell 15 feet, landing on concrete footing that is part of the bridge’s support system, reports the New York Post.
Rajchel went into cardiac arrest shortly after impact, and while medics arrived at the scene, it was too late to save Rajchel. She was studying to become a nurse at the University of Medicine in Posada, a village in southern Poland. The Puente de Triana is a famous locale for photographers wanting to take pictures of the region.
“This was a tragic accident and we are looking to make that stretch of boulevard along the river safer,” a city spokesman reportedly told Central European News.
Bernadeta, the woman’s 44 year old mother, was distraught at the news.
“Going to Spain was a dream come true for my daughter,” she said. “She was a beautiful, smiling girl who had her whole life ahead of her. It’s hard to believe what’s happened, that I will never see Sylvia again.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only incident of its kind. The U.S. Forest Service, for example, has to warn visitors of taking selfies with feeding bears. A Mexican man died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while taking a gun selfie. Rajchel’s death serves as an ominous reminder that taking dangerous selfies simply isn’t worth the risk.
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