US Tourist Fell Into Mount Vesuvius Crater While Taking Selfie On Forbidden Route

By maks in News On 31st March 2024

I bet a bunch of us have been there, doing whatever it takes to snap a selfie in front of the world’s most famous landmarks.

Whether it's the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, or Big Ben, we're all after those snapshots that, for some, are once-in-a-lifetime chances.

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But, snapping a pic at some landmarks can be riskier than you’d think, as one tourist sadly found out.

During the summer of 2022, a tourist ended up falling into the crater of Mount Vesuvius.

This happened while he was apparently trying to take a selfie on a path that was off-limits.

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Reports from Italian media at the time highlighted that the 23-year-old, along with his family from the US, decided to bypass signs and ventured onto a path they shouldn't have.

While attempting to capture a selfie at the volcano's peak, his plan dramatically backfired.

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Standing at the summit of this famous spot in Naples, he accidentally dropped his phone and fell while trying to grab it.


His fall, which was several meters deep, led to a rescue operation involving the police, a helicopter, and Vesuvius guides – the latter even had to rappel down to retrieve the embarrassed man.

After his unintended adventure, he had to be treated for cuts and bruises on his arms and back.

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Selfies might be a big part of our lives these days, but they definitely have a time and a place.

A global study revealed that between 2011 and 2017, 259 people lost their lives while taking selfies.

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These tragic deaths occurred across 137 incidents, with the victims’ average age being about 23 – a statistic that the recent Mount Vesuvius incident sadly supports.

Nearly three-quarters of those who died were men, with the leading causes of death being transport-related accidents, drowning, and falls.

This study, carried out by the US National Library of Medicine, also indicated that the number of selfie-related deaths is on the rise.


There were only three reported deaths in 2011 compared to 98 in 2016.

To gather data, researchers looked through news reports using terms like 'selfie deaths', 'selfie accidents', and 'killfie deaths'.

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They mentioned that earlier studies on selfie deaths, which relied on sources like Twitter and Wikipedia, didn’t provide accurate figures.

But, the study also suggests that the actual number of selfie fatalities could be even higher.

The report notes, "It is believed that selfie deaths are underreported and the true problem needs to be addressed."

"Certain road accidents while posing for selfies are reported as death due to Road Traffic Accident. Thus, the true magnitude of the problem is underestimated."

"It is therefore important to assess the true burden, causes, and reasons for selfie deaths so that appropriate interventions can be made."