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Tourist breaks neck on zip-wire in Thailand

Published 13/10/2015

A worker failed to grab the woman during a manoeuvre to stop her from travelling further
A worker failed to grab the woman during a manoeuvre to stop her from travelling further

A tourist broke her neck and died while sliding on a zip-wire in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai.

Police colonel Adun Somnuk said the 32-year-old Chinese woman was sliding down a 600-metre (2,000ft) zip-wire on Sunday when a worker failed to grab her during a manoeuvre to stop her from travelling further.

She then hit another person in front.

Adun said the staff took her to a hospital where they told doctors only that she had passed out while on the zip-wire. But a post mortem later showed the woman, who was a doctor, had suffered a broken neck.

Adun said officers sent to inspect the zip-wire operation are questioning the staff and witnesses. He said the staff could be charged with causing death by negligence.

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