Venice tourist taking selfie falls in water

A video of a tourist in Venice falling underwater while trying to take a selfie during the city’s recent major flooding has garnered hilarious reactions online.

Tourists take photos of the flooded St. Mark's Square on November 24, 2019 in Venice during a high tide "Acqua Alta" meteorological phenomenon with a high of 140 cm expected. - Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another, though smaller, high tide on November 24, after Italy declared on November 15 a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of euros worth of damage. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

The video, originally shared on Twitter, shows the unidentified man wading through Venice’s massive floods while holding a selfie stick. Within seconds, he takes an unfortunate plunge.

Tourist in Venice, Italy 😂🤣

I’m going to hell for laughing 😭

“I’m going to hell for laughing,” wrote Twitter user “StanceGrounded,” who shared the now-viral video on Sunday. The video has been viewed more than 5 million times, with over 62,000 retweets and 192,000 likes as of Tuesday evening.

Reactions to the video were, not surprisingly, humorous. 

He may drown…but he’s going to try to save that phone.

“He may drown…but he’s going to try to save that phone,” one person tweeted. 

I can’t stop watching or laughing

“I can’t stop watching or laughing,” another Twitter user commented.

One skeptic called out the video, suggesting that maybe the whole thing was staged.

“You can see the floor in the shallow end, he looks at it and he takes a smaller step just to reach the edge then takes a big step,” the critic tweeted. “I’m sending fake.”

Another Twitter user, however, challenged that theory, tweeting: “The ‘shallow end’ is a flooded sidewalk, the ‘deep end’ is the actual canal. He probably didn’t realize there was a canal there.”

Other reactions focused more on the water itself and its potential health risks.

“Because walking into a body of toxic, polluted, bacteria-ridden, microscopic sewage-filled water seemed like a good idea,” one user said. “For his sake, I hope his next stop was a hospital.”

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