A man and a woman nearly escaped death while taking selfies near the ocean in Sydney, Australia. They were trying to capture giant waves smashing against a breakwall right behind them. And then, a gigantic wave swept them away, taking them both straight into the ocean. The incident was caught on camera, and it’s a dreadful, but necessary reminder of why you shouldn’t take selfies near such huge waves.
The man in his forties and the woman in her thirties were standing at Nobbys Breakwall in Newcastle, Sydney. The monster waves were over 4 meters (13 ft) tall, dramatically breaking against the mole. As 95% of people today, they had to take photos of the giant waves and have their faces in them. And this is when the disaster struck. A wave struck and washed them away, taking them both into the ocean.
Ben Arkinstall was at the scene and caught the incident on camera as it occurred. He felt “overwhelmed and helpless,” as 9 News Sydney describes. But thankfully, after the shocking event, he saw the pair climbing back up the rocks. They managed to get out of the water and get to the shore, where they were treated by paramedics. They were later taken to hospital, and 9 News Sydney says that they suffered serious injuries, but they are now stable and recovering.
This pair has miraculously survived, and I felt relieved to learn that they are not struggling for their lives. I’d like to add that it’s not only too dangerous to stand so close to the waves, but taking selfies reduces your ability to focus and react in case of danger, which we’ve seen in many tragic selfie cases before. So, let this video be a reminder that this can happen to absolutely anyone, but not everyone is lucky to survive. Be careful and don’t let selfies take over common sense and taking care of yourself and others.