Instagrammers Slammed For Hanging Out Of Train To Get The Perfect Photo
A couple who hung out of a moving train in order to take a photo for Instagram has been slammed for their "stupid" behaviour, as selfie deaths around the world continue to make headlines.
Raquel and Miguel, a pair of travel bloggers from Portugal, were aboard the train in Sri Lanka when they undertook the dangerous manoeuvre -- all in aid of capturing a snap for Instagram.
They shared the photo -- which shows Raquel holding onto the rails with her entire body outside of the train while Miguel kisses her forehead -- on their account @exploressaurus_ for their 200,000 or so followers to see.
But not everyone is pleased with the shot with many calling the couple out for their "stupid" and "dangerous" behaviour. It doesn't help that the train was crossing a bridge with a sheer drop below at the time the camera went off. Makes your tummy feel funny, right?
One person commented, "You'd risk your lives just for a picture? Just so you can upload it on social media? Or do you do this because this gives you 'the rush'? How is this sensible? Anything could've happened."
Another said, "I would never promote a picture like this since there are not few people stupid enough to feel encouraged to try and recreate the idea. What you do and the models do is only their own responsibility. But you should see your responsibility for influencing others.
It doesn't matter how slow the train was moving! It's stupid and dangerous and most importantly you will inspire others to take similar risky and dangerous shots. How do you not understand that?
According to Metro, Raquel has since responded to the backlash, explaining that the train was moving very slowly and that she doesn't think the pose "is dangerous at all."
The globe-trotting duo does have a history of thrill-seeking snaps -- a quick scroll through their Insta confirms that. What they do on their own time -- whether that's standing on precarious ledges with massive drops, leaning on balconies, and diving off cliffs backwards -- is their business, we guess.
A landmark study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care found between October 2001 and November 2017, there were 259 people worldwide reported dead due to taking a selfie under risky circumstances.
70 of those deaths were from drowning. 48 were from falling. 51 were after contact with transportation.
In 2017, a 12-year-old boy and his 24-year-old brother also died which brought the year's death toll to 28 according to a Sri Lanka railway spokesman. The majority of fatalities were mobile phone-related, prompting a selfie crackdown.
But it looks like the lure of the perfect train pic is still too strong for many with near identical snaps seen all over social media. Travel blogs such as Walk My World have specific instructions on which side of the train to sit on for the best access to the doors.
"The reality is everyone loves hanging out the doorway," Cat and Joe of Walk My World wrote.
It's not surprising -- the Kandy to Ella train journey is said to be one of the most scenic epic train journeys in not just Sri Lanka but the entire world. Of course you'd want to get an awesome shot but be safe -- don't let your selfie turn you into a statistic.
Feature image: Instagram/@explorerssaurus_.