Selfie taken on top of Istanbul's third Bosphorus bridge

​Two daredevils take selfies after climbing crane in construction yard of Istanbul's 3rd bridge across Bosphorus

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge is being constructed over the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey

Two close friends, Pavel Smirnov and Ozcan Ipar, on Sunday snuck into the construction area of Istanbul's 3rd bridge,Yavuz Sultan Selim, and took a selfie after climbing a 350 meter-high crane.

They filmed their adventure in which they climbed to the top of the crane without any rope or crash helmets before taking selfies.

The two youths said that they had been influenced by other videos of people climbing high landmarks. They added that they only went down from the crane after spending the whole night at the top without food and water.

There are many other examples of people attempting similarly extreme selfies around the world. One of them is British photographer Gerald Donovan who climbed Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, before taking shots of himself last year.

Donovan said, "I'm not usually one for selfies, in fact, I think this could well be the very first one I've ever shared. However, it was too good an opportunity to pass up," after the stunt.

Lee Thompson, a blogger and photographer, climbed the famous Christ the Redeeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro before taking a selfie of himself. He got permission from Brazil’s tourism board to climb the structure.

On the other hand, a 17-year-old Russian boy died in September after falling nine floors while attempting to take a selfie. He had already taken many pictures of himself and his friends on rooftops in Moscow.

A Russian teenager in the country's Ryazan region climbed onto a railway bridge and died after being electrocuted while also attempting to take a selfie.

On May, a 21-year-old woman in Moscow accidentally shot herself in the head while holding a pistol as she was trying to take a selfie. Follwing this incident Russian police launched a campaign in July asking people to take safer selfies.

"Unfortunately we have noted recently that the number of accidents caused by lovers of self-photography is constantly increasing," said Yelena Alexeyeva, an assistant to the interior minister of Russia.

"Since the beginning of the year we are talking about some hundred cases of injuries for sure. Selfies have also led to dozens of deadly accidents," Alexeyeva added.

"Before taking a selfie, everyone should think about the fact that racing after a high number of 'likes' could lead him on a journey to death and his last extreme photo could turn out to be posthumous," Alexeyeva warned.

TRTWorld and agencies