A male tourist in Peyia was hospitalized over the weekend after his attempt to take a selfie on the cliffed coast during sunset landed him in the water with a broken hip and head injuries.
Police said emergency rescuers in Paphos were alerted Sunday afternoon following an incident at Sea Caves in Peyia, along the western coast of the island.
Reports said a 32-year-old foreign male described as a tourist from Sweden was attempting to take a photo at the edge of a cliff, when under circumstances still pending investigation he lost his balance and fell in the water from a height of approximately 15 meters.
Officials said the man was lucky to be alive because he did not fall onto a rocky surface
Rescuers on board a coast guard vessel approached the man in the water, who was said to have been injured, and transported him to land where an ambulance rushed him to the Emergency Room at Paphos General Hospital.
Doctors on duty said the tourist suffered a broken hip, fractured his right arm, and sustained a head wound, He was then admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, with a police report on Monday saying he was out of immediate danger.
Local media said the 32-year-old man was trying to take a selfie during sunset, a popular activity on the western coast where visitors have been known to capture photos of themselves with nature’s spectacular backdrop.
Police told Knews no laws appeared to have been broken during the incident, as the area is not restricted and no diving was involved.
Officials said the man was lucky to be alive because he did not fall onto a rocky surface.