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Four missing trippers rescued in Sơn Trà jungle

Update: August, 28/2019 - 11:43


A valley in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve in Đà Nẵng city. Four tourists, who lost their way in jungle, were rescued after getting lost in the reserve. — VNS Photo Công Thành 

ĐÀ NẴNG — Three men and a woman from HCM City and central Thừa Thiên-Huế Province have been rescued by local rescuers after going missing in the jungle of the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve on Tuesday evening.

One local rescuer was killed after falling down a rock during the search.

Chairman of the Sơn Trà People’s committee, Trần Thị Thanh Tâm confirmed to the Việt Nam News, stating that four visitors – Trần Minh Sang, 26, Đinh Ngọc Minh, 27, Lê Nguyễn Tú, 24 from HCM City and Bùi Thị Thảo Nhi from Huế city – got lost when they were trekking downhill near the banyan tree area.

Tâm said the four tourists have been taken to the city centre around 3.30am on Wednesday, only one man Lê Nguyễn Tú was slightly wound.

The group of four visitors were on a motorbike trip in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve in the afternoon on Tuesday.

They parked the bike near the banyan tree area – a favourite destination in the reserve – for trekking downhill to the sea. However, the four lost their ways and shouted for help when it rained hard and became dark.

Two local fishermen – Mai Xuân Minh, 34 and Trần Long Khải, 30, who was fishing near there, came to their help after hearing the call.

They found the group before calling for support from local policemen, fire-men and search and rescue force by mobile phone.

Fisherman Khải, slipped and banged on the rock and was killed.

Last year, four foreign tourists from the US and Australia went missing when trekking in the reserve. Three managed to find the way out and the fourth was rescued by local rangers.

The reserve is 4,400ha in size and and 10km away from the city’s centre, is a favourite destination for nature lovers attracting 10,000 tourists each month.

The People’s Committee of Đà Nẵng City has directed relevant agencies to tighten traffic safety on local roads to Sơn Trà Penisula.

The move came after a dozen traffic accidents reportedly occurred, caused by motorcyclists, including both local residents and tourists.

According to a report from the city, 12 traffic accidents have happened so far this year, killing four and injuring three.

Road signs warning people about the risks of landslides are planned for 19 high-risk spots in the reserve. — VNS

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