1osanA schoolgirl fell to her death from the 17th floor of a block of flats after clambering near a ledge to take an ‘extreme selfie’.

Oksana B, a 12-year-old Russian, is said to have taken the photograph while she sat on a railing. And she then sent the picture to her best friend before losing her balance and plunging to her death, say police.

Reports suggest her friend thought the photograph was taken in a dangerous location and, despite trying to call her, Oksana never picked up. The 12-year-old’s body was eventually found by a passer-by who called police.

Daring ‘extreme selfies’ – where people take photographs of themselves in risky situations – have become a craze in many parts of the world. The problem became so severe in Russia that the government launched a campaign to warn of the dangers.