An 11-year-old girl, Safia Atif, drowned on Tuesday after she fell into a river while trying to take a selfie, while her parents died in their bid to save her.
Officials said the sad incident occurred in the Kunhar river that flows through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, at a hilly tourist spot in Beesian village, some 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of Islamabad in Pakistan
The deep, rocky and fast flowing river is popular for white-water rafting.
Speaking to AFP, local police official, Arshad Khan told AFP, said: “The girl, Safia Atif, was trying to take a selfie along the river when she slipped and fell.
“Seeing both his wife and daughter drowning, the father Atif Hussain also jumped in to rescue them but he met a similar fate.
“The dead bodies of the mother and daughter have been recovered while we are still looking for the body of Hussain.”
He said the parents were doctors from Punjab province and had taken their family to the area on holiday. They are survived by a nine-year-old daughter and six-year-old son who witnessed the event.
“Both of them are in the protective custody of the local administration and they will be handed over to their family members when they arrive,” he said.
The incident was confirmed by other administration officials and family members of the deceased.
One official said the government had put up signs warning people not to go near the river.
“Each year, around a dozen people drown here,” he said requesting not to be named.
“This is a tourist spot and people usually come here for picnic and most of them are outsiders who have no idea about the depth of the river,” he said.
So-called “selfie deaths” have surged with the global rise of smartphones.
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