23-Year-Old Sylwia Rajchel Falls to Death Trying to Take a Selfie

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Yet another person has died trying to take the perfect selfie. Sylwia Rajchel, 23, was on vacation in the city of Seville, Spain, when she decided to snap a photo on the Puente de Triana bridge. 

Rajchel apparently lost her footing and plunged 15 feet, landing on the concrete footing of the bridge. She survived the initial fall but went into cardiac arrest a short while later and died from her injuries. 

Rajchel was a medical student from Poland who was hoping to eventually start a life in Seville.

“Going to Spain was a dream come true for my daughter,” said Rajchel’s mother, Bernadeta, 44. “She had taught herself the language and was hoping to work there in the future after finishing her studies.”

(family pictures via Daily Mail)

“She was a beautiful, smiling girl who had her whole life ahead of her,” continued Bernadeta. “It’s hard to believe what’s happened, that I will never see Sylwia again.”

Rajchel’s death comes just months after a Polish couple died trying to take a selfie in Portugal. This past August, a couple visiting the cliffs of Cabo da Roca apparently slipped off the ledge, fell 260 feet and died. Their children, then 5 and 6 years old, witnessed the death of their parents and immediately received psychiatric care. 

Authorities around the globe are urging caution when trying to take a selfie. The U.S. Forest Service in charge of maintaining the popular Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe recently had to warn visitors not to take selfies with the potentially dangerous bears that roam the area.

"We've had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a 'selfie' photo," said Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service. "It is presenting a safety issue. We are afraid someone is going to get attacked.”

Though officials in Seville are looking into making their city safer for selfie-lovers, Bernadeta is trying to put the pieces together after the tragic loss of her daughter.

“It breaks my heart,” she said. “I feel this is [a] nightmare that is not happening.”

Sources: New York Post, Reno Gazette-Journal, Huffington Post

Images via New York Post / Daily Mail