Taiwanese Social Media Star "Bikini Climber" Freezes To Death After Falling In A Ravine

Taiwanese Social Media Star "Bikini Climber" Freezes To Death After Falling In A Ravine

What started out as just another hike for this social media star turned quickly into tragedy.

GiGi Wu gained social media fame after posting photos of herself on top of mountain peaks dressed in a bikini. But one misstep was all it took for the "Bikini Climber" to meet her end. 

Wu had been hiking alone for 8 days when she fell down a 65-foot ravine near Mabolasi Mountain in Taiwan's Yushan National Park. She used a satellite phone to tell a friend that had injured her legs and couldn't move, providing the coordinates of her location.

Rescue helicopters made three attempts to reach her, but because of the bad weather, they were forced to pull back. Rescue teams from the Nantou County Foire Department scrambled on foot to rescue Wu, hiking for 28 hours and taking only 3 hours to rest, as temperatures were dropping and they knew they had to reach Wu soon.

Temperatures were around freezing that night, and by the time rescuers found Wu the following day, she was dead. Rescuers say that the cause of death appeared to be hypothermia.

According to Yushan National Park, Wu did not have a permit to hike the mountain range. She had planned to hike for 25 days.

Who was the "Bikini Climber"?

A social media star, 36-year-old Wu had over 18,000 Facebook followers. She gained attention after posting selfies in bikinis on mountain peaks.

She started posting bikini shots after losing a bet with a friend but kept doing it because she enjoyed it so much.

"It just looks so beautiful, what's not to like?" she told Taiwanese news network FTV.

An experienced hiker, Wu had climbed more than 100 peaks in 4 years. She would use standard equipment and clothing while hiking, and change into bikinis once she reached the top to take photos.

Following the news of her death, tributes from Wu's followers have been pouring in.

"Sleep In Peace," one follower wrote. "You lived life to the fullest."

Similar cases

The number of deaths related to social media daredevils has been rising. In December 2017, Wu Yongning, who dubbed himself as "China's First Rooftopper", fell to his death while performing pull-ups from the side of a skyscraper.

 
 
 
 
 
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In July 2018, three YouTubers — Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper — died after swimming at the top of Shannon Falls in Canada. The trio slipped and fell down the falls.

And in October 2018, Indian blogger couple Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi Moorthy died after falling off an overlook in Yosemite National Park. They were believed to have been taking a selfie.

 
 
 
 
 
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H/T: Focus Taiwan, Taiwan Times

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