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German Tourist Dies In Machu Picchu While Trying To Take A Photo

He has been identified as 51-year-old Oliver Park.

02/07/2016 11:25

A German tourist has died after falling from a cliff while attempting to get a photo of himself at the ancient site of Machu Picchu.

Oliver Park is believed to have died after posing for a photo on a very high and off limits cliff at the popular tourist destination in Peru.

The 51-year-old fell into a ravine after reportedly ignoring safety signs and warnings from wardens.

Park entered the restricted area close to the edge of the cliff on Wednesday, officials said. 

Moments before he died, the German tourist said: "I’m going to jump in the air – take a photo for me as a memory," an official told AFP.

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A German tourist died after suffering a fatal fall at the ancient site of Machu Picchu, in Peru.

He suffered a fatal fall while attempting to get a picture of himself leaping into the air. Park fell about 130ft down a ravine.

By the time rescuers found his body, he had died. His body was taken to a morgue in the city of Cusco.

Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2007 it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in an internet poll.

This latest incident comes after a string of deaths related to taking selfies.

In May, a 15-year-old boy died in India after accidentally shooting himself in the head while he was trying to take a selfie.

Ramandeep Singh was posing for the photograph with his father’s revolver when he accidentally killed himself. 

The Washington Post reports that more people have died taking selfies in India than anywhere else in the world.

Of at least 27 “selfie related” deaths around the world last year, about half took place in India.

In January, a 20-year-old man from Kashmir fell to his death while taking a selfie from the top of Reasi Fort in Jammu and Kashmir.

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