Digha tourist pays with life for selfie craze

DIGHA: The craze for a selfie snatched the lifetime of a 56-year-old railway worker at Digha on Wednesday morning when he stepped over the ocean guard wall to pose on the boulders and were given swept into the ocean by means of an enormous wave.

Chandan Mukherjee’s circle of relatives watched in horror as a sudden wave crashed into the guard wall of the Biswa Bangla Udyan seaside in Old Digha and pulled him into the gurgling waters. Minutes earlier than, eyewitnesses stated, Mukherjee were warned by means of life-guards (nulias) to not climb the guard wall or descend on the boulders as the ocean used to be tough all the way through top tide.

On Monday, two teenagers had drowned while bathing in the sea at New Digha.

The circle of relatives from Kanchrapara — Chandan, his wife Nivedita, son Chirantan, daughter Chandrani and her husband — were holidaying in Digha since Sunday. Early Wednesday morning, all the circle of relatives went to the seaside to peer the large waves all the way through top tide.


Around 6am, Mukherjee stepped over the guard wall and descended on the boulders to take a selfie. Some ‘nulias’ who were passing by means of, spotted him and made him climb again and warned him no longer to take action once more. But Mukherjee paid no heed and once more descended on the boulders as the nulias walked away. This time, an enormous wave knocked him down and dragged him away.


Mukherjee’s circle of relatives frantically screamed for help and his 19-year-old son ran to name again the ‘nulias’, who in an instant introduced a search however may just no longer hint him. Two hours later, Mukherjee’s blood-stained frame surfaced near Sea Hawk Hotel, 500 metres away, as the waves receded. The nature of injuries steered he had smashed his head in opposition to the boulders earlier than being tossed into the ocean. The frame used to be sent to Digha health facility for post-mortem.


“As the ocean is generally tough all the way through top tide, police and ‘nulias’ steadily request tourists to not step over the guard wall. Despite warnings, some tourists do so. That is when such unfortunate injuries occur,” OC Digha, Basukinath Banerjee, stated.


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