People go to ridiculous (and dangerous) lengths in pursuit of the perfect selfie. The photographic phenomenon dominates social media, and it’s a ruthless battle out there to be the best.
Unfortunately for one California woman, the quest for selfie-stardom has landed her in a world of pain.
The Foresthill Bridge is California’s highest, and one of the highest in all of America. Luckily for the woman, the 60-foot (18,2m) drop was not deadly, although she had to be air-lifted to the nearest hospital.
According to local police, the woman and her friends were illegally walking along the girders under the bridge, a popular Instagram hotspot.
While attempting to take her selfie, she plunged the full 60-feet, and police say she’s lucky to be alive.
“Any trespassers on the bridge will be cited”, states the Place County Sheriff’s Office. “Worse yet, you can lose your life and none of that is worth a selfie!”
Speaking to CBS Sacramento, a friend of the woman, Paul Goncharuk, says she suffered a gash to her arm and will require surgery on fractured bones.
“They were taking a picture on the bridge, and then the big bolts that are holding the beams together, she stepped on them kind of weirdly and lost balance and fell backwards,” he recalls.
Police add that she’s very lucky to be alive. That’s right, folks! Selfies can be dangerous!