Taiwan’s ‘selfie queen’ Gigi Wu dies after ravine fall

Taiwan's "selfie" queen is pictured along a lake in this photo she posted on Instagram. (Gigi Wu via Instagram)
Updated 22 January 2019
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Taiwan’s ‘selfie queen’ Gigi Wu dies after ravine fall

  • The social media star fell down a ravine in Taiwan’s Yushan national park on Saturday
  • She used a satellite phone to tell friends of the fate that had befallen her

TAIPEI: Taiwanese rescue teams were trying Tuesday to retrieve the body of a dead hiker who became famous on social media for taking selfies on top of mountain peaks dressed in a bikini.
Gigi Wu — dubbed the “Bikini Climber” by fans — used a satellite phone on Saturday to tell friends she had fallen down a ravine in Taiwan’s Yushan national park and badly injured herself.
Rescue helicopters struggled to reach her because of bad weather and officials eventually located her lifeless body on Monday.
“The weather conditions in the mountains are not good, we have asked our rescuers to move the body to a more open space and after the weather clears we will make a request for a helicopter to bring the body down,” Lin Cheng-yi, from the Nantou County Fire and Rescue Services, told reporters.
Officials said Wu had told friends she was unable to move the lower half of her body after a fall of some 20-30 meters (65-100 feet) but was able to give her coordinates.
She is the latest in a string of social media adventure seekers who have met an untimely end.
Last week, the bodies of an Indian couple were found at the bottom of a popular overlook in California’s Yosemite National Park after hikers alerted officials to their camera equipment at the top of the cliff.
New Taipei City native Wu, 36, built up a sizeable social media following through photos of herself at the top of mountains dressed in bikinis.
She usually wore hiking clothes to scale the mountains, only changing into a bikini once she reached the top.
In an interview with local channel FTV last year, she said she had scaled more than 100 peaks in four years.
“I put on a bikini in each one of the 100 mountains. I only have around 97 bikinis so I accidentally repeated some,” she said.
When asked why she did it, she replied: “It just looks so beautiful, what’s not to like?“
While Taiwan is a largely tropical country, it boasts a spine of towering peaks down its middle that regularly top 3,000 meters. In the winter, temperatures routinely drop well below freezing on the mountain slopes.
Lin said their top rescue team hiked for 28 hours to reach the body, only sleeping for three hours because they knew temperatures were rapidly plunging.


Harry and Meghan in Morocco on last official trip before birth

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are welcomed by British Ambassador to Morocco Thomas Reilly and his wife Alix, at the Casablanca Airport in Casablanca, Morocco, February 23, 2019. (REUTERS)
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Harry and Meghan in Morocco on last official trip before birth

  • Their visit to the north African country will focus on work to promote girls’ education, women’s empowerment and the inclusion of people with disabilities

RABAT, Maroc: Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived Saturday night in Morocco for their last official trip abroad before the birth of their first child, which is due in spring.
The royal couple, Harry in a light grey suit and Meghan in a red dress, were welcomed with a tray of dates, a traditional ritual of hospitality in Morocco, after they landed in Casablanca.
“Medical provisions” have been made for the pregnant former American actress, who will visit a village in the Atlas Mountains on Sunday morning and the Moroccan capital, according to official sources.
Their visit to the north African country will focus on work to promote girls’ education, women’s empowerment and the inclusion of people with disabilities.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex really love being with the people,” British ambassador Thomas Reilly said in an interview with 2M television.
The trip, organized at the request of Queen Elizabeth II, has worried some British media such as the tabloid Daily Mirror which described Morocco as a “danger zone” and its capital Rabat as a “city of riots.”
Before their arrival, local diplomatic sources insisted “Morocco is a pole of stability in northern Africa.”
On Thursday, a protest in Rabat by teachers, which coincided with the anniversary of the February 20 pro-reform movement born out of the 2011 Arab Spring, was dispersed by police using water cannon, injuring several people.
The couple, who will be housed in a royal residence during their stay, will meet with members of the royal family in Rabat Monday afternoon before their departure on Tuesday.