National Park asks Tourists to start ‘Respecting’ Themselves, Over Rise in Selfie Incidents

Holiday selfies have become a key part of travelling for anyone with a smart phone, but now the Plitvice Lakes National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in the mountainous area of central Croatia) has urged tourists via Twitter to ‘respect’ themselves and stop taking ‘stupid and dangerous’ selfies.

 

The plea came as mountain rescuers have been put under strain by an ever increasing number of dangerous falls, many down to tourists wearing inappropriate foot wear, ignoring warning signs and/or attempting to take dangerous selfies.

Just recently a Canadian tourist in his twenties slipped and fell 230 feet after trying to take a selfie next to a water fall. Incredibly he survived, but a 50-year-old tourist who fell from the same spot was not so lucky, according to reports she hopped over the fence and ignored safety warnings before falling to her death.

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service released figures which suggest that one person dies at the stunning national park each year, and over 1,200 rescue operations take place – five times more than in the previous decade, just showing that there is a direct correlation between the rise in travel technology and dangerous mishaps.

1.1 million Tourists travel from all over the world to visit the parks each year, mainly to marvel at its 16 lakes, many waterfalls and beautiful scenery.

If you’re planning a trip to a picturesque spot, just remember to adhere to safety warnings at all times and to never put yourself in danger in the quest for the perfect holiday selfie – it simply isn’t worth it.  For more tips and advice on avoiding holiday mishaps, visit Holidaysafe.co.uk.

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