A man who was trying to take a selfie on a cliff that overlooks a Brazilian beach fell almost 40ft to his death.
Igor de Oliveira Rodrigues Dias, a logistics analyst, fell from a rock overlooking Joatinga Beach in Rio de Janeiro on the afternoon of Thursday, November 10.
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene, but Dias was already dead when they arrived. They had to use a helicopter to remove his body from the spot.
His mother, 60-year-old Luiza Rodrigues, told local media: “In the morning he had signed a contract with a company he wanted to work for. So he went out with a friend to have a little celebration on the beach.
“I talked to him, asked where he was. He replied that he was on the beach. But I don’t know why he decided to climb that high rock.”
Luiza told local media: “He was an only child, he studied, he had a whole life ahead of him.”
He was buried in the Caju neighbourhood on Saturday (November 12).
His father, Jonas Dias, said: “He died before me, and I don’t accept that. I think that every son has to bury his father, and not the father bury his son. It was a tragedy.”
Rio de Janeiro Fire Department spokesman Fabio Contreiras said: “We always have to be safe, never get close to the edge of the rocks, ask someone to take a picture, if necessary.”