Tourist Falls Off Cliff While Trying To Take Selfie

A Singaporean man has died after falling off a cliff and into the sea while attempting to take a selfie on an island off the coast of Bali in Indonesia.

DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 16: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT)  In this aerial photo, Nusa Lembongan Island is seen on February 16, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. A group of seven Japanese scuba divers went missing on February 14 during their third dive on the coast of Nusa Lembongan Island, a small island on the south-eastern coast of Bali.  (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Mohamed Aslam Shahul, 21, was killed after losing his balance and falling into the sea from a two-metre high cliff, during a holiday with eight friends at the Sandy Bay Beach in Nusa Lembongan.

The news of his death emerged as another selfie-related incident was reported inRussia today, after a young woman accidentally shot herself in the head while taking a photograph of herself.

The 21-year-old was said to have been posing while pointing a 9mm handgun to her head. She had found the gun at her Moscow office left behind by a security guard, police spokesman told Interfax news agency.

While taking a selfie with one hand, she accidentally pressed the gun’s trigger, shooting herself in the temple at close range, according to reports. The woman was in a “serious condition” today, a spokeswoman for Moscow’s Sklifosovsky hospital told RIA Novosti state news agency.

The man in Singapore had lost his balance after being hit by a wave, a local police chief said in a statement. “He slipped and fell into the ocean. He apparently couldn’t swim.”

Aslam’s body was found in the sea, five metres deep, according to police. Local residents had brought him to Jungut Batu community health centre where doctors declared him dead. “His body has been taken to Sanglah Hospital,” the police chief said.

A spokesperson for Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said its embassy in Jakarta had extended its condolences to Aslam’s family, provided consular assistance and facilitated the repatriation of his body back to Singapore.

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