Sometimes, split-second changes can have a tragic and profound impact on our lives. From plane crashes to dramatic falls, to natural disasters and more, people can find their lives changed irreversibly when something unexpected happens. Occasionally, there is a camera around when this occurs, and the moment is captured forever in a picture. Here are some haunting photos were taken just before disaster struck.
Russian Teen Makes An Electrifying Mistake
Just look at that view! It is breathtaking indeed, but at what cost. Xenia managed to get the perfect selfie, but she couldn’t get away with it. She slipped at the last moment and ended up falling 28 feet. But that’s not how she lost her life. She grabbed a live wire on her way down and was dead before she even hit the ground.
A Thailand Vacation
In 2004, 31-year-old Deborah Garlick had traveled to Thailand for a vacation, and this photograph was taken of her while she was sitting on the beach and enjoying the incredible view. What Deborah didn’t realize at the time was that she and around 200,000 people would lose their lives after a devastating Tsunami hit South-east Asia. Families lost their loved ones and their homes, and vacationers like Deborah would never return to parents. Thankfully, her parents were able to retrieve this final photograph of their daughter, before their whole lives changed forever.
A Deadly Jump
In 2014, 20-year-old Maqsood Khan, who may have been suffering from a mental condition, jumped over the enclosure to the white tiger den at the New Delhi zoo in India. For 15 horrifying minutes, the tiger sat and glared at the young man who appeared to be praying. When bystanders started throwing rocks at the tiger to distract it, the animal attacked poor Maqsood, dragging him around the enclosure and finally killing him. It took more than two hours for officials to corral the animal into a cage before they could recover the body.
After the incident, there was debate as to whether Maqsood jumped into the enclosure or fell while losing his balance as he stood on the edge of the tiger’s barrier. Either way, it was a deadly decision for Maqsood.