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article imageKorean selfie tourist dies in Peru plunge

By Lucky Malicay     Jul 5, 2016 in Lifestyle
Lima - The body of a 28-year-old South Korean tourist who died after he fell from one of the world’s highest waterfalls while taking a selfie has been recovered.
Peruvian police pulled the remains of Kim Jongyeob from the Amazon jungle Monday, days after he plunged from the 500-meter Gocta Waterfalls as he was looking for a perfect spot to take a selfie.
“The tourist was found dead, submerged seven meters deep in the lake where into which the Gocta waterfall runs,” a police official told Agence France Presse by telephone.
“He wanted to take a self-portrait at the waterfall but while he was looking for a good place to take it, he fell.”
Chang Dongyool, the South Korean consul in Peru, said Kim’s body will be transported to Lima for cremation and his ashes will be brought back to South Korea.
With an overall height of more than 700 meters, the Gocta Falls became a leading tourist attraction in Peru following the expedition made in 2005 by German Stefan Ziemendorff and local explorers.
A day following the Gocta incident, a German tourist fell 200 meters while posing for a photo, this time at the summit of the world-famous Machu Picchu.
Authorities said Olive Paps, 51, entered a restricted area and went to the mountain's peak overlooking the ancient Incan citadel and asked another foreigner to take his picture.
"As another German photographed him, he fell into a deep abyss and died," said Santos Mamani, an official at the Machu Picchu commissary in Cusco.
“He asked a man who was there to take a photo of him,” Peruvian tourist Guillermo Mestas told television station Canal N.
“The man came over to take the photo and in the moment he was handing him the camera, he lost his balance and fell.”
Paps was already dead when found by rescuers about half an hour later and his body was then taken by train to a morgue in Cusco, according to Canal N.
One of the most famous tourist attractions in South America, Machu Picchu was built by the Incas in the 15th century as a sacred site for worship.
It became an official UNESCO heritage site in 1983.
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