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Chinese tourist falls to death from zip-line in Chiang Mai

CHIANG MAI: A Chinese tourist fell to his death while gliding on a zip-line in the northern city of Chiang Mai earlier this week due to faulty safety equipment, police said.

By Khaosod English

Friday 3 July 2015, 02:36PM

Chiang Mai Zoo staff check the equipment at a zip-line company based in the zoo yesterday (July 2). Photo: Khaosod English

Chiang Mai Zoo staff check the equipment at a zip-line company based in the zoo yesterday (July 2). Photo: Khaosod English

The 44-year-old male was zip-lining above the forest with a company called Skyline Adventure on Monday (June 29) when a safety lock malfunctioned causing him to plunge 12 meters down to the ground.

A police officer privately told Khaosod that the news was withheld from the media until today (July 3) because junta chairman and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was visiting Chiang Mai at the time, and local authorities did not want any "negative news" to surface during his trip. 

The management of Skyline Adventure has been charged with reckless action leading to deaths of others, said Pol Maj Suriyan Chansai, an investigative officer at Doi Saket Police Station.

He added that police are still investigating the incident and questioning the company’s staff.

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Nipon Wichairat, the administrator of Chiang Mai Zoo, said he has already instructed a zip-line operator based in the zoo to check all safety equipment immediately. Other zipline companies in the popular tourist province are doing the same, Nipon said. 

In June, a Kuwaiti tourist died while bungee jumping in the southern province of Phuket. Police say the accident was caused by a malfunctioning safety equipment. (See story here)

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Richard Vickers | 04 July 2015 - 13:29:00

Another shabby operation... and now all the other poorly maintained zip line companies must spend 5 minutes checking their stuff.  Tourists should know that the only safety inspections in Thailand (boats, zip lines, buses/trucks/vehicles) happen AFTER the accident causing death. Up to that point...everything was just fine! Well, nice to know that after the "investigation", this business ...

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