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Tour firm suspended after deaths of British tourists

Update: February, 29/2016 - 13:00

The bodies of the tourists are being recovered downstream from the falls. Three British tourists , two women and a man died last week while taking part in a risky game at Datanla Fall in Da Lat City. —Photo vov.vn


LAM DONG (VNS) — Vietnamese authorities have suspended Dam Me Company, a tour firm in Lam Dong Province that guided three British tourists found dead last week in Da Lat City, the police said.

The tourists were reportedly taking part in a dangerous game at Datanla Falls, a tourist spot in the Central Highland province.

The police are questioning a Vietnamese tour guide also. The tour company's operations will remain suspended till an investigation into the accident at Datanla Falls, about 10km from the centre of Da Lat resort town, is completed, the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism has said.

Dam Me had reportedly failed to provide European-standard safety apparatus to the tourists, while they participated in the games.

The managers of Datanla Falls last week accused the travel company of failing to contact them to provide professional guides and relevant services to the tourists, including necessary equipment for adventure tours such as zip-lining and climbing.

Local police said they had been questioning tour guide Dang Van Sy, 26, and Company Director Pham Huu Hoai Nguyen, 31, since Friday.

Local media said the bodies of the tourists -- two women and a man -- had been recovered downstream from the falls. The man has been identified as 25-year-old Christian Sloan from Deal in Kent, while the women have been identified as Izzy Squire, 19, and Beth Anderson, 25.

They all died of traumatic brain injuries after hitting rocks, according to police autopsy results, local media reported.

Sy, the tour guide, said he had warned the three tourists about going to an area where the water was dangerous, but his advice was ignored.

The site was inspected by the British ambassador to Viet Nam over the weekend. — VNS


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