Couple taking selfie swept away by wave in India

Kanyakumari (openstreetmap)

A married couple were swept away by a “giant wave” in Kanyakumari, India on the evening of Sunday, July 17th of 2016, while they were taking a selfie.

Police identified the deceased as Umar Sherief, 42, and his wife Fatima Beevi, 40. They leave behin two daughters, aged 10 and 12. Sherief owned a shop and Fatima was a teacher.

The family reached Kanyakumari along with friends on Friday, July 15th.

They visited Sanguthurai Beach on Sunday evening. Reportedly, Sherief and his wife were standing on the beach and attempting to take a selfie on their cellphone when a “giant wave” swept the woman away. Sherief, who tried to rescue his wife, was also swept away.

Other people on the beach tried to rescue the couple. They managed to pull the couple out of the water. But Fatima had died by then. Sherief, who was alive, was rushed to a private hospital. However, he was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

Source: Times of India

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