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Teen Warns Others After He Fell From 50ft Bridge Trying To Take Perfect Selfie

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Teen Warns Others After He Fell From 50ft Bridge Trying To Take Perfect Selfie

We've all witnessed someone trying to capture the perfect selfie. Sometimes they're subtle about it and others are so shamelessly blatant that you almost want to take the picture for them so they sod off.

While it might seem harmless, selfies can do some damage if you're not careful.

Triston Bailey knows that all too well after he plunged off a 50-foot bridge because he wasn't paying attention while trying to take a good picture.

Credit: CBS 11
Credit: CBS 11
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The 18-year-old and his mates wanted to climb the Margaret McDermott Bridge to snap a photo in Dallas, Texas. During the ascent, the teen plummeted down to the road below and broke multiple bones and even punctured a lung.

He's told CBS 11: "I could have easily passed away that night. I could have easily been gone. If it was just one more rotation I could not be here."

"I broke my pelvis, I had a rib fracture, a punctured lung, I broke my face a whole bunch and I had lacerations on my spleen."

Breaking your face a whole bunch sounds painful.

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He's hoping his story acts as a warning to others not to pursue dangerous activities in the pursuit of an awesome photo.

Credit: CBS 11
Credit: CBS 11

Methodist Health System Chief of Trauma, Dr. J Darryl Amos added: "It's amazing that he didn't snap his neck. It's amazing that he's not a paraplegic - or broke his neck.

"It's truly miraculous."

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A depressing statistic was released last year saying nearly 260 people had died while trying to take a selfie between 2011 and 2017.

Almost three quarters of the deaths were men, with transport, drowning and falls among the most common causes of death.

The study, which was conducted by the US National Library of Medicine, also showed the number of selfie related deaths is increasing, with only three reported in 2011, as opposed to 98 in 2016.

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The study was compiled through a comprehensive analysis of news reports, using search terms such as 'selfie deaths', 'selfie accidents' and 'koolfie deaths'. Researchers say previous studies of selfie deaths did not give accurate results as they compiled findings from sources such as Twitter and Wikipedia.

However, the study also suggests the actual number of people who have died taking a selfie could be much higher.

The study concludes that 'no selfie zones' should be introduced in particularly precarious zones, such as near cliff tops and dangerous bodies of water.

Featured Image Credit: CBS 11

Topics: Viral, Selfie, Photography, Community

Stewart Perrie
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