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Five family members drown while trying to take a selfie by a lake


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A man takes a selfie. Drawing – Anjum Naveed / AP / SIPA

Five members of the same family drowned in Indonesia, in Lake Kandi, a tourist site in the west of the island of Sumatra. The pontoon they had gathered on to take a selfie collapsed, police said Thursday. The site was then no longer monitored after closure.

A similar incident recently

A 17-year-old is among the victims. The rest of the 14 family members survived. Rescuers were able to recover the bodies and an investigation was launched, said local police chief Junaidi Nur.

Earlier in May, nine Indonesians drowned in similar circumstances. Their overloaded boat capsized in a water reservoir on the island of Java because tourists on board wanted to take a selfie.



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