Tourist falls from Chiang Mai zip-line and dies

Police today blamed faulty equipment for the death of a 44-year-old tourist who recently fell from a Chiang Mai zip-line.

The unidentified Chinese national was gliding across the zip-line at the popular “Skyline Adventure” when police said a safety lock malfunctioned and caused him to plunge 12 meters to the ground.

A TripAdvisor review posted Sunday suggests the victim initially survived the fall.

“He was severely injured,” a user SouthEastAsia0615 wrote Sunday on TripAdvisor. “The guides didn’t seem prepared to handle this accident, and he was lucky there was a nurse in our group. After 30 minutes they were finally able to take him to the hospital, but had to continue to zip-line him out since we were deep in the jungle.”

A police source told Khaosod English the accident was withheld from the media because authorities did not want any “negative news” to overshadow a visit to Chiang Mai by junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was set to arrive the next day.

The management of Skyline Adventure has been charged with reckless action causing death.  Police are still investigating the incident.

In May a Kuwaiti man fell to his death due to equipment failure at Phuket World Bungy Jump after his ankle strap came off, leading to the demolition of the venue. More than a month later, no one has yet been held legally responsible.

Related:

Phuket ‘death bungy jump’ demolished

Phuket bungee death-jump owner ‘likely’ to be prosecuted

Kuwaiti man dies in bungee jump accident

 

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