KEY POINTS

  • A man in India, 30,  fell 140 feet down a waterfall while taking a selfie
  • He suffered minor injuries and was in a state of shock when he was rescued
  • He was taken to a hospital, where he is now responding well, according to police

A 30-year-old man in the Indian state of Karnataka who fell 140 feet down a waterfall last weekend while taking a selfie survived the ordeal and only suffered minor injuries, police said.

The man, identified as Jevargi resident Pradeep Sagar, was visiting the Gokak waterfalls in Belgavi district with his friends Saturday when he slipped and fell into the gorge below while taking a selfie near the viewpoint, CNN-News18 reported.

Authorities searched for Sagar near the waterfall where he fell, but they initially could not locate him.

Police were finally able to find Sagar with the help of his mobile phone, which he used to contact his friends at around 4 a.m. the next day.

A police team reached Sagar's location after they were informed by his friends that he was safe. He suffered minor injuries from the 140-foot fall and was in a state of shock, police said.

Sagar was then taken to a hospital, where he is now responding well, according to authorities.

A similar incident happened in Hong Kong nearly three months ago when a social media personality fell after she slipped while taking a selfie at a waterfall.

Sophia Cheung, 32, was attempting to snap a selfie at the edge of a waterfall during a visit to Ha Pak Lai park on July 13 when she lost her footing and fell 16 feet into the pool below. She was later taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Cheung's last post on Instagram, which was uploaded on July 8, featured a photo of her posing on the beach while holding a boogie board.

"Better days are coming. They are called: Saturday and Sunday," the caption read.

The post has since been flooded with messages from followers and fellow Instagram influencers.

"RIP. I don't want to believe this happened to you," one user wrote.

"You were an amazing soul, an amazing person," another follower commented. "One thing I can say about you is you did everything you ever wanted. You lived life to its fullest. You conquered a lot, and now you're in a better place. May you rest in peace."

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