Saudi Tourist Drowns In River Nile While Taking Selfie

A Saudi tourist slipped into the River Nile and drowned while apparently attempting to take a selfie, police said Tuesday.

“The Saudi national was on a tour on Uganda. He drowned as he was taking a selfie on the River Nile and the water swept him away,” Uganda police spokeswoman Hellen Butoto told AFP.

A combined team of marine police and local fishermen recovered the body some 10 kilometers (six miles) away on Tuesday.

The tourist was with a group of friends visiting Kalagala Falls in central Uganda, a popular spot whose raging rapids are popular among kayakers, when the accident happened on Saturday.

“The tourist slipped because the surface is wet and he had leaned backwards to take a selfie of fast-running water in the background,” said Butoto.

A study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 2018 found there had been 259 selfie deaths around the world over the previous six years.

The highest toll was in India, followed by Russia, United States and Pakistan.