Arizona (USA): mountain drama! Hiker falls to his death while taking a selfie


Tragic incident in the US state of Arizona!

A young hiker wanted to capture his trip with an amazing view on a selfie. He paid for that with his life.

Richard Jacobson (21) camped with a friend in Lost Dutchman State Park, reports the British “Mail”. The accident is said to have happened on a hike to the Flatiron summit. He fell 210 meters to his death.

Doug Peoble from the local police station told the portal “AZFamily.com”: “Mr. Jacobson was about to take a picture with himself and the city skyline in the background and lost his footing, slipped and fell.”



Pictured left: the Flatiron peak, which Jacobson fell fromPhoto: Shutterstock/Autumn Sky Photography

He also told other media: “I can tell you that during our investigation there was no evidence of a crime. There were no signs of drug use. It was just a very tragic accident.”

A reviewer on AllTrails, a popular trail reporting website, wrote that he lives near the crash site and “seen a lot of helicopter evacuations there.”

Andrew Thomas, who said he was on a church trip with Jacobsen for four months two years ago, told the Mail that Jacobson “got along with everyone” and “treated everyone with respect.”

“It’s sad to lose him, but we know it’s not the end. We’ll see him again,” Thomas continued. “He was an outdoorsman, hunter, hiker. He did stuff like that – so I think he died doing what he loved to do, just tragically.”

In 2018, a study by the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, based on media reports, concluded that between October 2011 and November 2017, 259 people died taking selfies worldwide.

Most cases were in India, Russia, the US and Pakistan. Most of the people drowned, died on the road or fell down.

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