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French tourist dies trying to take a selfie at the Thai waterfall



The 33-year-old man died on Thursday after slipping and falling from the Na Mueang 2 waterfall on the Thai island of Koh Samui – the same place where a Spanish tourist died in a fall in July, AFP news reports the agency reported.

  Rescuers from the rescue unit Na Mueang returned the body of a French tourist from the Na Mueang 2 waterfall on the island of Koh Samui.

"His friend said he tried to take a selfie and then he slipped and fell," said Lieutenant Phuvadol Viriyavarangkul from the island's tourism policy to AFP.

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Viriyavarangkul told the news agency that the place is being called away and there is a sign warning the tourists about the danger.

CNN has contacted the French Foreign Ministry to comment on the incident.

About 259 people worldwide died while taking selfies from October 2011 to November 2017, according to a study published in India's Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care.
  A Spanish man died at the same waterfall in July.

According to the study, most of the selfie deaths occurred in India, followed by Russia, the United States and Pakistan. Most of the victims were men (about 72%) and for 30 years.

In October, four members of the same family drowned in a pond in India after slipping into the water while trying to take a selfie. [19659014] CNN's Saskya Vandoorne contributed to this story.


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