Wednesday,  Jun 26, 2019,02:33 (GMT+7) 0 0
Never put tourists in harm’s way
The Saigon Times Daily
Sunday,  Sep 23, 2018,12:11 (GMT+7)

Never put tourists in harm’s way

The Saigon Times Daily

In early 2016, three young British tourists died while swimming in the fast flowing Datanla waterfall in the hilly resort of Dalat in Lam Dong Province. Their unlicensed adventure tour program which included stopping by the beautiful yet dangerous waterfall was arranged by a local travel firm.

The death of these Britons aged between 19 and 25 was described as a serious warning for those entities organizing such dangerous tours without providing their guests with proper safety and survival skills.

But a deadly accident happened again at the same waterfall. Jang Won Soek, a 23-year-old South Korean tourist, died after climbing down a 10-meter cliff. He was one of 11 international tourists including three Koreans, who were joining a licensed adventure tour held by a local company.

The tour organizer reportedly gave safety instructions to the tourists. This is a must for such life-threatening adventures. However, a couple of videos posted on Youtube by domestic travelers show that instructors just give brief safety instructions and then let tourists climb down the cliff or slide down a small but snaking waterfall there. Some of them choose to slide head first, which is very dangerous as they could easily break their neck.

Dalat tourism authorities should put these adventure tours under serious review and set out stringent standards and requirements if they are to prevent similar fatal accidents from happening.

Back to the death of Jang Won Soek, local news reports said he seemed nervous during the descent and touched the water in a technically wrong way, leading to his drowning. This is a clear indication that he got poor safety instructions.

Since Lam Dong Province has multiple waterfalls, local authorities should review the adventure tour licensing process following this deadly accident and issue stringent requirements, especially those for safety training, to not put tourists in harm’s way anymore.

Share with your friends:         
Publication Permit No. 321/GP-BTTT issued on October 26, 2007
Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Pham Huu Chuong
Managing Editor: Nguyen Van Thang.
Assistant Managing Editor: Pham Dinh Dung.
Head Office: 35 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St., Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Tel: (84.28) 3829 5936; Fax: (84.28) 3829 4294.
All rights reserved.