Tourists Fight Over Selfie Spot on Top of 15,000 Foot Mountain

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Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Yunan province, China.

A group of tourists were filmed fighting for the best selfie spot at the top of a 15,000 foot mountain in China.

Shocking footage shows several adults pushing and shoving each other on the observation of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Yunan province, China on Sunday.

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the most southerly always-snowcapped mountain in the Northern Hemisphere and a popular tourist spot.

The fighting reportedly broke out as dozens of tourists attempted edge toward the side of the mountain to get the best backdrop for a photograph.

According to the Mail Online, local media reported that the fight started between one couple with another woman over who was next in line to take a photo at the selfie spot.

Despite the 15,354 foot high platform, one of these tourists reportedly lost their patience and threw a punch at the person in front of them in the line for the scenic spot.

Some of the other visitors tried to intervene in the physical altercation but the group were not willing to give up their chosen spot in the line to get a selfie and continued fighting. The brawling tourists seemingly did not care if they sent someone falling off the high platform.

The Mail Online reports that the fight did not end until the security staff located around Jade Dragon Snow Mountain pulled the group apart. Police later said the parties involved have since reconciled.

Selfies: The New Public Health Risk

According to recent research, selfie-related deaths constitute a new public health risk — with the most common deaths coming about from people falling off cliffs and waterfalls while taking a photo.

In a paper published last year, researchers found that selfie-related injury and deaths have become a public health concern amid the near ubiquitous use of smartphones and social media apps.

The paper scraped news reports of selfie-related deaths as well as a cross-sectional study by the iO Foundation that found 379 people were killed while taking selfies around the world between January 2008 and July 2021.

The researchers identified falls from height as the most common type of selfie-related injury. They said that tourists were most at risk, with the most common cause of death being falling from cliffs or waterfalls while attempting to take a selfie.

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