Stop taking 'stupid and dangerous selfies' Croatia says after Canadian falls off cliff
Tourists walk across a bridge in the national park Plitvice, central Croatia on June 21, 2013. (AP /Darko Bandic)
Croatia's mountain rescue service has urged tourists to stop putting themselves in danger taking "stupid and dangerous selfies," after a Canadian man was almost killed falling down a 75-metre cliff.
"Dear tourists, we respect you. It's time for you to start respecting yourself. So, stop making stupid and dangerous selfies. Thank you," the service said on Twitter.
The appeal came after the young Canadian plunged off a 75-metre viewpoint in the Plitvice Lakes national park while trying to take the perfect selfie.
The 20-year-old miraculously survived, as tree branches broke his fall, but he sustained serious injuries, police said.
Last year a 54-year-old Slovak tourist was killed when she fell from a rock in the same national park, also while trying to take a photo.
Tourism is a key sector of Croatia's economy, and last year the country of 4.2 million people welcomed more than 14 million visitors, with most heading to its pristine Adriatic coast.