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Military rescues 45 trekkers stranded in south-central Vietnamese mountain

Tuesday, December 01, 2020, 16:01 GMT+7
Military rescues 45 trekkers stranded in south-central Vietnamese mountain
Rescuers are ready for taking 45 stranded trekkers down from Ta Giang Mountain in Khanh Son District, Khanh Hoa Province, December 1, 2020. Photo: V.Nhuan / Tuoi Tre

Two trekking groups with 45 members were rescued from Ta Giang Mountain in Khanh Son District, located in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa, with assistance from military forces, the district’s chairman said on Tuesday morning.

The stranded tourists had been brought to the Da Ban Nho area, about four kilometers from the center of Thanh Son Commune in the district, by 8:30 am on Tuesday, according to chairman Nguyen Van Nhuan.

They were expected to arrive in the commune by midday on the same day.

The two groups of 36 tourists from Ho Chi Minh City went on a trekking tour on Ta Giang Mountain last Saturday morning, with nine locals in Khanh Son being their tour guides.

Their itinerary started on Ta Giang Mountain and ended at the Khanh Le Pass in Khanh Vinh District, where they were supposed to go on passenger buses to Nha Trang, the capital city of Khanh Hoa.

As the tourists and local guides did not show up at their finish point as scheduled by the end of Monday and lost contact with their families, local authorities began searching for them.

However, torrential rains in Khanh Hoa on Monday afternoon and fast-flowing water on streams in Ta Giang Mountain troubled the rescue.

“As the water started to recede this morning, our forces crossed the stream and reached the stranded tourists,” Nhuan said on Tuesday morning, adding that “the tourist groups are in good health.”

The rescuers also brought food, life jackets, ropes, and medicine to safely bring the tourists down from the mountain.

Ta Giang Mountain is situated about 100km from Nha Trang City, near the Phuoc Binh National Park in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan.

The trekking tour in Ta Giang Mountain is a local tourism product of Khanh Son District designed for dry, sunny weather.

However, prolonged downpours hit Khanh Hoa since last weekend until Tuesday.

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