Police are investigating after a group of young people were seen posing for selfies while balancing on a narrow ledge on the 12th floor of a Sydney hotel

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Police are investigating after a group of young people were seen posing for selfies while balancing on a narrow ledge on the 12th floor of a Sydney hotel.

Key points:

  • The group fled the hotel before security could call police
  • The hotel says it’s the first time an incident like this has happened
  • There have been at least four selfie-related deaths in NSW since 2018

Their antics were captured yesterday on a mobile phone by a man who works in an office building overlooking the five-star Hyatt Regency in Darling Harbour.

“I just looked out of the window and I saw what looked to be a bunch of kids walking along this very narrow ledge on the side of the building,” said the man, who did not want to be identified.

“They proceeded to sit down and started taking selfies while hanging their legs off the edge.”

At least four people have died in NSW in selfie-related falls since 2018.

Boy on ledge of building

A man working in an office opposite the hotel spotted the group.(Supplied)

One male sits on edge of building, others stand behind him

The Hyatt Regency is a 27-storey tower.(Supplied)

Several hours later, the man who filmed the incident saw another group walk out onto the ledge.

“They just walked across the ledge and walked back while taking a couple of selfies and then sat on the corner of the building with their legs over the side,” he said.

“I looked closer and there was a whole bunch of school kids on the fire escape stairs.”

The hotel’s director of marketing and communications Marianne O’Donoghue said security guards went to the 12th floor and told the group to get down but they fled the premises before police could be called.

“We were alerted that people had entered the hotel who weren’t staying there and our security guards immediately investigated and went and found them and ejected them from the building,” she said.

A boy takes a photo of another boy sitting on the edge of a building

The group took many photos as they posed on the edge of the building.(Supplied)

Four boys walk on ledge of a high-rise

The hotel said security responded quickly and ordered the group down.(Supplied)

Ms O’Donoghue said it appeared the group entered through public throughfares around the hotel before gaining access to the 12th floor.

“There are a few public ways that people can get into the hotel, but this was a first,” she said.

“We’ll continue to monitor activity in and around the hotel as it happens but this is a rarity and not something we’ve dealt with on a regular basis.”

Police were called to the hotel in May last year after a 45-year-old woman fell from a 10th-floor balcony.

Boys on a ledge

The group avoided security after returning to the ground floor.(Supplied)

There have been several selfie-related deaths in Australia with visitors falling while trying to capture photographs in dangerous locations.

Last year, an English woman plunged 80 metres to her death at Sydney’s Diamond Bay — a selfie hotspot.

At other Insta-friendly locations, like Wedding Cake Rock in the Royal National Park and Cape Solander at Kurnell, police have pleaded with people to stop climbing safety barriers in search of the perfect snap.

In 2018, police were ordered to help rangers who were overwhelmed with the number of tourists risking their lives to take social media snaps at Wedding Cake Rock.

Visitors were scaling a 1.6m fence to access the rock which is in danger of collapsing at any time — something police said posed an “extreme risk”.

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