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Filipino tourist saved by fishers after getting lost in Da Nang forest

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 11:34 GMT+7

A Filipino tourist has been rescued by local fishermen after getting lost while trekking on Son Tra Peninsula, a popular destination in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang.

The victim was walking through the forest from a famous centuries-old banyan tree to Nghe Cape, both must-visit destinations on the peninsula, with two fellow Filipino trekkers on Tuesday afternoon, when he got lost.

The Filipino managed to find a way out of the forest to a rocky area by the sea and began to shout for help.

A group of Da Nang fishers heard the victim’s call and came to their rescue on Tuesday night, Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Hoang Man, a police official in Son Tra District, confirmed.

Competent authorities look for the missing tourist on the evening of June 19, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Competent authorities look for the missing tourist on the evening of June 19, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The trekker was rescued about three hours after officers from the border guard office and Son Tra’s management board began a search for him at around 6:00 pm, at the request of his two friends.

As the victim was nowhere to be seen along his original trekking route, a second search and rescue team was dispatched to nearby areas at 8:00 pm.

At around 9:00 pm, some fishermen discovered the tourist at the rocks near the sea and brought him ashore to safety.

Facing the East Vietnam Sea, Son Tra Peninsula is located ten kilometers east of the center of Da Nang. It has an area of about 60 square kilometers and is over 690 meters above sea level.

A view from the Son Tra Peninsula. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A view from Son Tra Peninsula. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Well-known sites on the peninsula include Linh Ung Pagoda, Ban Co Peak, the Banyan Tree, and Tien Sa Lighthouse.

Proper roads have been added for easier access to these destinations.

However, most areas on Son Tra are untouched forests, thus non-locals are likely to get lost if they go off roads.

People are advised not to spend the night in the forests on the peninsula.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News


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