'Not worth your life': Woman falls into water chasing flood photos

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·2-min read

The rescue of a woman from dangerous floodwaters has prompted a stern warning from authorities about risking lives in search of photos for Instagram and other social media sites.

"No photo is worth your life," the blunt message from ACT Police said, urging people not to chase photos of the recent floods.

They classified her close call as "disaster tourism" – a craze where people flock to areas hit by natural disasters such as flooding and bushfires for photo opportunities.

The woman rescued on Tuesday was with two friends who raised the alarm when she slipped into the Murrumbidgee river off wet rocks at Kambah Pool when trying to find a better vantage point.

Arriving responders in the ACT to the river where the woman slipped in (right). Source: ACT Police/ Instagram - james99worlds
Arriving responders in the ACT to the river where the woman slipped in (right). Source: ACT Police/ Instagram - james99worlds

Police said she was swept down the river and eventually managed to grab onto a tree before rescue teams pulled her to safety.

Woman lucky to be alive, police say

Detective Inspector Simon Coady said the woman was lucky not to be another person to lose their life in the floods.

He said the message was simple - stay away from drains, floodwaters and swollen rivers.

“The woman rescued from Kambah Pool was lucky to escape with no major injury because today we could have been talking about a very different outcome,” Detective Inspector Coady said.

“There is no photo or social media post that is worth risking your life to get.

“Any water rescue puts the lives of not only of yourself but those of emergency services personnel at risk."

In December, a woman died at a picturesque lookout in Victoria after climbing over a safety barrier in search of the "ultimate" photo.

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