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Teen Falls to Death Trying to Take Selfie at Yosemite Waterfall

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Taking risks for extreme selfies has claimed another life, this time in California’s Yosemite National Park. A teenager hiker has died after falling off an 820-foot cliff while trying to snap a photo of himself.

The Times of Israel reports that 18-year-old Jerusalem resident Tomer Frankfurter was visiting the famous national park last Tuesday during a 2-month trip to the States with his mother prior to joining the Israeli army.

After reaching an area near the top of the 594-foot Nevada Fall, Frankfurter attempted to take a selfie near a cliff. He then apparently lost his balance, fell over the edge, and plunged an estimated 820 feet (250 meters) to his death, his mother told the Times.

A view from the top of Yosemite’s Nevada Fall.

Signs posted in spots around Yosemite warn visitors about the dangers of stepping into risky places to shoot photos:

Frankfurter’s body was later recovered and will be transported back to Israel for burial.

The teen’s death comes just two months after a trio of famous Instagram stars fell to their deaths off Shannon Falls in British Columbia, Canada.

A report in 2015 found that selfies now lead to more deaths around the world than shark attacks.


Image credits: Photos by Richard Wood and Adavyd and licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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