Tourist Falls to His Death Taking a Selfie in California

Sep 7, 2018

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Earlier this summer, I had an opportunity to spend some time at Yosemite National Park, just before devastating wildfires closed off much of the area.

Like many other visitors each and every day, I hiked up toward Nevada Fall, but ultimately decided to call it quits after reaching Vernal Fall, some 1,000 feet up. The path up can be especially treacherous, but that didn’t prevent tourists from stopping for photos many times along the way — myself included.

Everyone I saw that day made it safely back down, but that isn’t always the case — it’s not unheard of for visitors to slip and fall, especially if they aren’t paying attention. Sadly, that’s exactly what happened to Israeli tourist Tomer Frankfurter, who according to The Times of Israel, was in the middle of a two-month US trip when he fell 820 feet to his death.

According to the 18-year-old’s mother and authorities, Frankfurter had been attempting to capture a selfie when he slipped. Tourists often break the law or take big risks to capture the perfect pic — recently, more than 40 people were arrested after entering a restricted area to get up close and personal with Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano.

While it’s easy to become overwhelming excited when faced with “Instagrammable” scenery, no photo is worth risking your life. Always make sure you’re in a safe place before taking that priceless pic.

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