51 Chilling Photos Taken Just Moments Before Tragedy Struck

First Date Fatality

First dates can be nerve-wracking, as you always want them to at least go reasonably well. After hearing this story, I think we can add “both parties survived” as a clue the date went well. British photographer James Nichols had met Cheynee Holloway online and was so smitten, he flew 8,000 miles to meet her. During their first date, the went to Northcliff Hill in Johannesburg to take some photos. As North was attempting to set a camera timer for a photo of the two along with a ledge, the rocks gave way under Holloway, sending her plummeting to her death fifty feet below.

Reynaldo Dagsa Accidentally Photographed A Gang Member

Born in 1975, Filipino politician Reynaldo Dagsa had achieved both great power and adoration during his short lifetime. As a representative of the 35th Barangay (suburb) in Caloocan, north of Manila, his time in the office was known for its honesty and willingness to engage with difficult social issues. As a member of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team, he had cleaned up his little corner of the Philippines and made it safer for everyone.

But not everyone was happy with what he’d done. One criminal in particular, who had just been released from jail, was intent on getting his revenge on the man who put him away. And on New Year’s Day, 2011, he did just that. Reynaldo Dagas took this photo of his family without ever noticing what was in the background, and seconds later he was shot and killed.

Heavy Hitter

The J-Bay Open in South Africa is a highly lauded event in the pro-surf calendar, and in 2015 it was broadcast live across the world. Surfer Mick Fanning felt something playing with his board’s leash and noticed a massive shark trailing behind him. Jumping out of the way, the shark went for his board before turning its attention towards him, but Fanning got in their first landing blows on the Shark so that it turned tail and swam away. With a damaged board and a little shaken up, Fanning was otherwise unharmed when rescuers pulled him from the water.

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