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A Portuguese travelling couple has defended themselves after they were slammed for hanging out of a moving train in Sri Lanka just so they could capture the perfect picture for Instagram, Daily Mail reported.

The couple had taken the snapshot of them riding along the train tracks of Ella, in Sri Lanka in February.

The photograph shows Raquel clutching onto the rails with her whole body hanging out - as her boyfriend Miguel leans out of the carriage to kiss her forehead.

The adventurous pair, who documents their travel pictures under @explorerssaurus_, claimed the slow pace of the train meant they were never in any danger.

But critics have responded by saying it was an irresponsible picture to take, pointing out that copy-cats could be in real danger if they tried the same stunt at similar tracks around Sri Lanka, where the trains move at much faster speed.

'You'd risk your lives just for a picture? Just so you can upload it on social media? Or do you do this because this gives you 'the rush'? How is this sensible? Anything could've happened,' one woman wrote.

Another commented: 'I would never promote a picture like this since there are not few people stupid enough to feel encouraged to try and recreate the idea. What you do and the models do is only their own responsibility. But you should see your responsibility for influencing others.'

One said: 'I want to like this photo, but all I can see is a guy putting his girl in danger. He should have been on the outside.'

'Are you not normal? How can you risk the life of a girl? Why is the guy so not hung from the train?,' another posted.

One chimed in: 'Two idiots risking their lives and others' lives just to get likes.'

Another commented: 'I thought it's dangerous even if it's not moving, one misstep and gone. Too sad they can't even see the risk.'

One said: 'It doesn't matter how slow the train was moving! It's stupid and dangerous and most importantly you will inspire others to take similar risky and dangerous shots. How do you not understand that?'

While another wrote: 'I'm 99 per cent sure it's not the slow moving train that is the problem... it's the fact that there's a giant ravine below, one slip of the hand or foot and the couple are both dead. All for a pretty picture.... that's why this photo in particular annoyed me enough to respond, otherwise I ignore them.'

And one commented: 'Wow... This will inspire more emulators to do this. Dangerous, irresponsible, and all in the name of vanity. Be a role model guys...it's not rocket science.'

Despite the backlash, Raquel has hit back at critics, saying: 'Can you see my hair moving? This was how fast we were going.'

'It's better to go to the places before you say this kind of rude things about people you don't know at all. Even for not a fit person we don't think this is dangerous at all. It's much more dangerous some hikes we did before. If you did this journey you also know that the train goes really slow, specially when crossing bridges. It was moving super slow, almost not moving, my hair was barely moving,” she said.

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  • ANTON Friday, 01 March 2019 10:13 AM

    AT A GLANCE ,MOVEMENT OF THE TRAIN CAN BE JUDGED BY THE MOVEMENT OF GIRLIE'S HAIR THEY CAN'T HAVE BEEN IN DANGER.

    Dee Friday, 01 March 2019 10:13 AM

    Too bad they could not 'capture the moment' one slipped off or hit a post or something. That way they would never be able to 'upload' . Best is not give publicity to such idiots. Now there will be local fools trying the same stunt.

    ANTON Friday, 01 March 2019 10:14 AM

    THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROMANTIC PIC I HAVE EVER SEEN...... GOOD LUCK !!!

    C.K.Lankaputhra Friday, 01 March 2019 10:28 AM

    During office hours or during transport strikes, rail passengers travel in crowded trains under much greater risk.

    Saranga Friday, 01 March 2019 12:13 PM

    First world issues In SL We walk Ride N drive In danger amongst mental bus drivers That's the real deal

    Sabaratnam Rajendran Friday, 01 March 2019 12:53 PM

    Any way, it is such a beautiful picture. Location, posture, couple, the gentle kiss, moment of the photograph taken all are perfect. It is worth for the risk, be once in your life, please.

    SAM Friday, 01 March 2019 01:34 PM

    More or less looks like a cut and paste done from a communication booth. So don't be fooled.

    Channa Friday, 01 March 2019 02:27 PM

    This is what they want , as long as it is legal who cares what others think

    Channa Friday, 01 March 2019 02:27 PM

    This is what they want , as long as it is legal who cares what others think

    DillonDP Friday, 01 March 2019 05:57 PM

    It is a beautiful pic, i love it. However, do be safe, and enjoy life

    Nimal Friday, 01 March 2019 06:27 PM

    Thousands of Sri Lankans' lives are handing in worse situation than this for several reasons. Surprised to see this being a top news in a top news website. In fact, it's not the couple who made this news public but the news paper. Some teens will follow this unfortunately.

    Chandana Friday, 01 March 2019 07:26 PM

    Dear Daily mail reporter. The picture shows clearly that the girl touched her leg to the steel bar of the bridge proved the train was stopped at the clicked!!!. My concern is there are thousands of people travel by public transportation services daily with more dangerous than this kind of acts. Why do you cannot pay attention to those real situations rather than just wasting your valuable time?

    Derick Friday, 01 March 2019 07:58 PM

    They could have made 69 if it was that slow

    HemanthaS Saturday, 02 March 2019 09:19 PM

    Beautiful, beautiful picture!!! Sorry critics, I love it!!! Thanks Raquel and Miguel, best of luck for your future!!!


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