A tourist has toppled into a geyser while taking a photograph and is now fighting for her life.
The 68-year-old Belgian woman fell into the bubbling hot geyser in northern Chile. She has been hospitalised with burns to over 75% of her body, daily newspaper La Tercera reported.
Her husband is reported to have suffered severe scalds to his arms while trying to rescue her from the El Tatio geysers. The geysers, near the desert town of San Pedro de Atacama, are renowned for blasting columns of water and steam into the air each morning.
Photos published on social media sites show tourists like to pose with the geysers, often taking selfies. Whether the Belgian woman was taking a selfie when she fell is not known.
A series of accidents in recent months, some of them fatal, have happened to tourists trying to take pictures or pose for them.
Just last month, a Melbourne woman died in Norway after falling from a popular tourist attraction in the mountains while posing for a photo.
Kristi Kafcaloudis, 24, fell several hundred metres from the Trolltunga (Troll’s Tongue) rock formation in southwest Norway. She was by no means the first to have been inured or killed while taking or posing for a picture. See: When scenic photos turn lethal: new Australian victim
Written by Peter Needham