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Tour operator responsible for tragic deaths

Posted in: Accidents and Sickness Abroad Public Liability 

A tour guide from a Vietnamese tour operator is being questioned by police, and the tour operator has been suspended, following the tragic deaths of 3 British tourists on Friday.  24-year-old Beth Anderson and her sister 19-year-old Isobel Squire died, together with 25-year-old Christian Sloan, in the Da Lat area of Lam Dong when they were swept away by fast flowing water and swept over a waterfall.  The sisters, from Sheffield, and Mr Sloan from Kent, had entered the water at an unauthorised area, and it was later confirmed that the route was unofficial by local authorities.  It was stated by the head of the local tourism authority that clearly displayed warning signs had been ignored by the party.  They stated that the signs were written clearly in both English and Vietnamese.

Vietnamese authorities have announced full investigation

The Datanla falls are a very popular tourist attraction in Vietnam and are particularly attractive to thrill-seeking backpackers and youngsters.  The falls are close to the capital of Lam Dong province, Da Lat, in Vietnam’s central highlands.  There are a variety of thrill-seeking activities that people can participate in, including abseiling and sliding down the waterfall.  The Vietnamese authorities have announced that a full investigation into the safety of those activities will now be initiated following the deaths of the three young British tourists.

The sisters were into their seventh week of a backpacking tour of south-east Asia, and Mr Sloan was travelling with James McGlashan, also from Kent, who was later asked to identify the bodies.

South Yorkshire police announced on Sunday that it was working with Vietnamese officials and the Foreign Office over the deaths of the young sisters.

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