An Australian woman plunged about 260 feet to her death in front of her horrified husband and two sons after climbing over a safety barrier at a “perfect selfie” spot at a nature reserve, according to reports.
Rosy Loomba, 38, of Craigieburn, was hiking with her family at the picturesque Grampians National Park in Victoria on Saturday afternoon when she decided to pose for a photo at the Boroka lookout near the village of Halls Gap, news.com.au reported.
Police have issued many warnings about the dangers of the idyllic spot — famed on Instagram as the “perfect selfie” spot — but the woman nonetheless scaled a railing and plummeted to her death as her husband, Basant, and two young sons looked on helplessly.
It took emergency personnel more than six hours to retrieve her body from the rugged terrain using a winch, according to the news outlet.
“She was a good life partner for my brother and best mum for her kids,” the woman’s sister-in-law Jassu Minal Loomba told the Herald Sun. “(The family is) still in shock and it’s really hard to believe.”
Police Minister Lisa Neville said on Sunday that “no photo is worth a life” and urged people to look out for their safety over their social media feeds.
“What we saw (on Saturday) was a really tragic outcome of behavior that unfortunately we see too often,” she said, news.com.au reported.
“Do not take these. It not only puts you at risk but it actually risks our life savers and emergency services workers that have to go either to rescue you or your body,” Neville added.
In January, police warned: “One of the issues that is constantly tying up our resources is individuals risking life and limb in a bid to get the ultimate selfie.
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“We regularly see dangerous photos and videos geo-tagged to the area where individuals have compromised their own safety to get a particular shot,” the warning said.
“We also frequently work with local rescue teams on missions to bring individuals to safety who have ignored signage and climbed over safety barriers or fencing. Our missions do not always have successful outcomes.”
Sgt. Russell Brown predicted that “absolutely ludicrous” social posts would eventually lead to tragedy.
“From an emergency services point of view it’s quite frustrating when you see that irresponsible action that can lead to serious injury or death,” he said. “If you fall, you die. If this turns bad you’ve got to be thinking of your family, friends and other people who have to become involved.”
Graham Wood, who runs motorcycle tours in the area, said there was a large crowd at the lookout Saturday.
“I don’t know how you can stop it happening but maybe this incident will help,” he said. “It’s a hard way to get people to adhere to what should be common sense.”
In January 1999, a 59-year-old British tourist fell to her death at the same spot while vacationing with her husband and other relatives.
In November 2018, a man went viral for a video showing him completing a backflip on the edge of the lookout. Many commented that he was “lucky to be alive,” according to the news outlet.