A foreign tourist and his Vietnamese tour guide lost their lives after ignoring the ban to play an adventure game in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat on Thursday.
Cwiakala Rafal, of Polish national, was among eight foreign holidaymakers taken to Hang Cop (Tiger Cave), a popular waterfall in Da Lat, by two local tour guides at around 8:00 am.
Despite a big banner saying that foreign tourists are not allowed to play any adventure game at Hang Cop, the tour guides still let their guests use a zipline to go down the waterfall at 9:00 am.
Rafal, 33, was on the zipline with one of the guides, 24-year-old Nguyen Quoc Khanh, when they both lost hold of the ropes and fell down to the waters beneath, before being immediately washed away by the strong currents.
Local police have rushed to the scene shortly after being informed of the incident. However, due to the rugged terrains, rescuers could only find the victims, having been washed some 600m away from where they fell, at 12:30 pm.
By 2:00 pm, their bodies were completely retrieved and taken out of the scene.
The eight-member tourist group included visitors from Poland, the Netherlands and the UK, who in fact gathered for the Hang Cop tour from three separate delegations and stayed at three different hotels in Da Lat.
The retrieved belongings of the victims.
The deceased tour guide worked for the local Gold Dream Tours Service Co., Ltd.
Da Lat authorities said Gold Dream Co. had violated the rule when allowing those foreign tourists to play adventure game at Hang Cop, a service which only a company named Da Lat Tourist Co. is authorized to offer.
Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper attempted to contact Gold Dream Co. leader later on Thursday, but the company’s director refused to comment, saying he is still working with police on the case.
Hang Cop Waterfall stands some 50m high, located around 3km from the nearest residential area. The adventure tourism spot used to be managed by a local private firm, but has been left abandoned for months.
Exactly one year ago, on February 26, 2016, three British tourists , including two women, died when playing zipline at Datanla, another waterfall in Da Lat.
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