Newlywed bride and three family members drown while trying to take selfie at dam

A newlywed and three members of her family have died after plummeting into a dam.

The woman identified as V Nivedha, 20, died after her 14-year-old relative, Santosh, slipped, and pulled her and four other members of the family into a dam at Tamil Nadu in India’s south, CNN reported.

Ms Nivedha’s 25-year-old husband G Perumalsamy managed to save his 15-year-old sister, Yuvarani Perumalsamy.

The pair survived but relatives Sneha, 22, and Kanniga, 20, died.

S Prabhakar, a senior police official, said the group had been trying to take a selfie.

Amaravathi Dam in Tamil Nadu, India. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Research published by academics in India, in October 2018, found more than 259 people have died taking selfies between 2011 and 2017.

Seventy of them died from drowning.

A notable case last year saw an Indian student drown while his oblivious friends took a selfie.

Trains and other forms of transport followed closely with 51 deaths, while fire and falling from heights were responsible for 48 deaths each.

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