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Man escapes death after falling from ‘death cliff’ in northern Vietnam

Monday, January 11, 2021, 11:51 GMT+7
Man escapes death after falling from ‘death cliff’ in northern Vietnam
A sign warning of danger on the well-known ‘death cliff’ in Dong Van District, Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Lam / Tuoi Tre

A male tourist sustained minor wounds after he slipped and fell while climbing a high rock cliff, widely known as the ‘death cliff,’ at Ma Pi Leng Pass in Lai Lung Commune, Meo Vac District, northern Ha Giang Province to take pictures on Sunday. 

According to preliminary information, a group of tourists, including Mai Thuy H., 29, hailing from northern Son La Province, visited the well-known rock cliff early on Sunday afternoon.

While H. was climbing the cliff, which is dubbed a must-visit destination in Ha Giang for its breath-taking photography opportunity, he lost his footing and tumbled down to a lower cliff.

Dong Van District’s general hospital sent an ambulance with medical workers to the scene to collaborate with local people and authorities to rescue the man.

H. was then rushed to the general hospital for treatment, a representative of the hospital said on Sunday evening.

“Medical screening results show that H. did not sustain any broken bones, but [has] a wound on his right thigh. Currently, H.’s health is stable,” the representative said. 

The ‘death cliff’ did not gain its name for no reason, with authorities warning against climbing it for photography, especially in the ongoing cold in the northern mountainous region that makes the cliffs more slippery.

Defying the odds, many visitors still risk the climb on the ‘death cliff’ for a stunning photo opportunity.

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