|Rescuers today continued their search for Aiden Webb, the tourist who went missing while climbing the Fansipan Mountain in Lào Cai Province. — Photo from Facebook|Viet Nam News
LÀO CAI — Rescuers in the northern mountainous Lào Cai Province today continued their search for a British tourist who went missing while climbing the 3,143m Fansipan Mountain in Sa Pa District.
According to official information from the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the missing tourist has been identified as twenty three-year-old Aiden Webb.
Webb had travelled to Sapa with his girlfriend Bluebell Eloise Baughan last Thursday.
Last Friday, he proceeded to climb the Fansipan Mountain alone but maintained contact with his girlfriend.
At 6pm the same day, he sent a message to Bluebell that he had fallen and was injured.
She lost contact with him last Saturday. She then wrote on her Facebook page that he was missing.
A massive search operation with hundreds of people was launched immediately following the report that he was missing, but local police and rescuers had still not found him, Nguyễn Đình Dũng, deputy head of the department, said.
Dũng issued a warning to travellers who prefer adventure tourism, such as trekking to conquer the Fansipan Mountain, to take along a guide who knows the local terrain well to prevent any untoward incident. — VNS