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​S. Korean dies after jumping from waterfall in Da Lat

Monday, September 24, 2018, 16:23 GMT+7

The tourism watchdog in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has required all adventure tours to be temporarily stopped at a popular destination in its capital city of Da Lat, where one South Korean tourist died last week.

Jang Won Seok, 23, fell to his death on Saturday after an 11-meter jump from the Datanla waterfall in Da Lat, as he joined an adventure game with ten fellow tourists.

The South Korean was unconscious when the other tourists, who descended safe and sound, plucked him from water and performed first aid on him.

Jang died before professional rescue workers’ arrival, which was hobbled by mountainous terrain.

The victim’s body was carried to a local hospital later on the same day and an investigation into the death is underway.

Jang belonged to a group of 11 tourists from Belgium, Canada, South Korea and the United Kingdom, who joined an adventure tour at Datanla, which has emerged as a new destination in Da Lat, held by a local firm.

The other ten members said Jang landed into the water with a wrong technique, as he jumped off from a cliff from a height of 11 meters.

It was alleged that instead of hitting the water with his feet, which is the correct step, Jang had his face and chest strike the water, resulting in possible injuries to some of his internal organs.

Following the incident, the Lam Dong tourist department on Sunday requested a temporary halt for all adventure tours at the Datanla waterfall, so that assessment of the safety of the activities there could be carried out.

In 2016, three British people died on an adventure tour at the same waterfall.

Lam Dong, with multiple waterfalls, offers licensed high-excitement activities like zip-lining, climbing artificial cliffs, kayaking, and white water rafting.

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Thai Xuan / Tuoi Tre News

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