Six family members drowned in attempt to rescue sisters after an accident while taking a selfie

Six family members drowned in attempt to rescue sisters after an accident while taking a selfie
Six family members drowned in attempt to rescue sisters after an accident while taking a selfie

Taking a selfie on a family outing turned into a tragedy on Sunday, with six people drowning at the well-known Ramdaha Falls of Chhattisgarh in India.

Two sisters, Shraddaha and Shweta Singh, aged 14 and 22, were trying to take a selfie when the younger sister lost her balance, got into trouble and fell into the water.

Her sister and other relatives rushed to Shraddaha’s aid, with brother Himanshu Singh (18), cousin Rishabh Singh (24) and wife Sulekha Singh (22), jumping into the water. Brothers Abhay Singh (22) and Ratnesh Singh (26) also went into the water to save their loved one.

Within a split second, all the family members started drowning. Bystanders alerted authorities and a search and rescue operation with the help of divers from the State Disaster Emergency Relief Force (SDERF) was launched.

The bodies of three people were found and retrieved from the water on Sunday evening and three others were recovered Monday morning. Only Sulekha was taken out of the water alive. She has been hospitalized in critical condition.

The police have said that the visitors have been in the water, despite the presence of a warning sign advising against this.

The article is in Dutch

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