Man plunges 4 stories after zip line breaks in Thailand
Initial reports indicate that the cable snapped shortly after the man was released from the start of the zip line.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND — A 25-year-old Canadian tourist in Thailand suffered a fatal accident after his zip line snapped causing him to drop 12 meters and fall down a hill, according to The Bangkok Post.
The man has been identified by local authorities as Spencer Charles. He was traveling around Thailand with a group of tourists and his girlfriend.
The incident happened last Saturday morning in Chiang Mai at Mae Kampong village on a zip line operated by a company called the Flight of the Gibbon.
This zip line is one of the longest in Asia, measuring roughly 5 kilometers and containing 33 platforms.
Initial reports indicate that the cable snapped shortly after Charles, who weighed roughly 125 kilograms, was released from the start of the zip line.
District chief, Suthep Saenmongkol, indicated that they were investigating what caused the cables to break-off adding that the zip line operator had taken full responsibility of the malfunction.
The Canadian Consulate in Chiang Mai contacted Charles' family, who arrived the following Sunday.
This is not the first time that people have been injured on a Flight of the Gibbon zip line. Back in 2016, the same zip line was shut down after 3 Isreali tourists crashed against each other and fell.
In 2017, a similar incident occurred where a Chinese and American woman collided head first against each other while traveling down the line.
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