Maureen Peters thought she would never see her family again. For hours on Sunday night, the Royal Caribbean cruise passenger clung to her mattress to avoid falling off her bed as huge waves tossed around the massive ship, the Anthem of the Seas.
It pops up in the news from time to time: the death-by-selfie. Earlier this month, for example, a teenager in India was struck and killed while trying to take a picture of himself in front of an oncoming train. Now the economics site Priceonomics has attempted to gather the existing statistics about the people who've lost their lives while taking selfies, combing through three years of news reports indicating a death was "precipitated by a selfie," or that a person had died while attempting to take a photo of themselves.