Taking a selfie turned into a disaster for a 19-year-old as well as six of his friends, who drowned in the Ganges, near Kanpur, India, on Thursday, June 23rd of 2016, while trying to save one another.
The incident happened when seven men, most of them in early twenties, had gone for a swim in the river after rainfall.
“Shivam was clicking a selfie while bathing following which he lost his balance and started drowning in the river. Maqsood tried to save Shivam but he too lost his balance due to the high water level and high current following heavy rainfall,” a police officer said.
All the other friends jumped in one after another to save the others but drowned in the attempt.
A team of divers was deployed and the bodies of the seven boys were recovered after two hours, Mr Patel said.
The seven have been identified as Sachin Gupta (21), Bholu Tiwari (20), Rohit (20), Shivam (19), Maqsood (31), Bhola (16) and Satyam (24).