Taking the photo of a lifetime is something I will always push another photographer to do. But, there are limits and a little common sense and precaution goes a long way.
Unfortunately, neither of those were in the back of the mind of a man believed to be around 30-years-old who past away while trying to take a selfie on Lion Rock Hill, a well known natural landmark in Tokyo.
According to witnesses, the man was seen with a smartphone in his hand as he moved further out onto the edge of a cliff to capture the Lion Rock formation in the background. Witnesses say they then heard a scream as they say the man fall backwards over the edge.
The man is said to have held onto a small section of grass, which initially stopped him falling almost 500 feet. A group of fellow hikers attempted to rescue him, but not before he eventually lost grip and fell to his death.
Police and medical teams located the body three hours later, but didn’t find any means of identification.
Keep safe. Follow the guidelines set in place where you travel and, as always, use a little common sense when you feel like you’re pushing your luck.
Image credits: Lion Rock used under CC BY-SA 4.0 and Lion Rock Pano used under CC BY 3.0
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