Teenage Pokemon GO player tragically discovers body of a dead man floating in a river while playing the augmented reality game in her hometown of Riverton, Wyoming.
Stories of the weird and wild places that Pokemon GO has been taking players have been piling up since the game’s release on iOS this week. The reports of one player almost losing his job for playing the game at work has shown that there are places where the game can not be played, while the picture of the husband catching a Pokemon while his wife gave birth has shown that there are situations where the game perhaps shouldn’t be played.
Well teenage Pokemon GO player Shayla Wiggins’ recent discovery while playing the game shows that these stories don’t always have such comical or happy endings. While playing the augmented reality game, Wiggins walked down to the river in her town of Riverton, Wyoming searching for a water Pokemon, but upon reaching the river bank Wiggins discovered a dead body floating in the water.
“It was pretty shocking. I didn’t really know what to do at first. But I called 911 right away and they came really quickly.” Wiggins reports. The local sheriff’s office has since reported that the body was an adult male and that, while the investigation is still ongoing, the sheriff’s office has said that “there is no sign of foul play,” and that the death looks to be, “accidental in nature.”
This is an undeniable tragedy for both the man and his loved ones as well as Shayla Wiggins, whose day went from searching for Pokemon to making a sad and possibly traumatic discovery. Fortunately Shayla’s mother reported that even though her daughter was understandably upset after the incident, the teen is feeling better now.
While this is a sad and shocking development that couldn’t been seen or avoided by anyone, it still highlights the need for Pokemon GO players to always be aware of their surroundings while playing the game. The Darwin Police has already attempted to advise Pokemon GO players about the dangers of keeping their entire focus on the game, especially when walking through unfamiliar areas. But perhaps more should be done by Nintendo to make sure the game does everything possible to avoid putting players in dangerous or compromising positions. Otherwise, it feels like it’s just a matter of time before a Pokemon GO player is hurt while playing the game.
Should Nintendo be doing more to keep Pokemon GO players out of harm’s way? Or is the player responsible for their own safety?
Pokemon GO is now available on iOS and Android devices in select regions.