300-Foot Fall Kills Tourist After Zipline in Thailand Snaps

Zipline, one of the longest in Asia, has been closed
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2019 5:20 PM CDT
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A zipline near Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A zipline cable snapped on a course in northern Thailand on Saturday, sending a Canadian tourist to his death. The 25-year-old, who was vacationing with his girlfriend and friends, fell more than 300 feet, authorities in Chiang Mai say, per the BBC. The attraction, Flight of the Gibbon, has been shut down for a police investigation. It also was shut for a time in 2016 after three Israeli tourists survived a collision and fall.

The 3-mile-long course is one of the longest in Asia, with 33 platforms, and the cable reportedly broke soon after the man began the course. Flight of the Gibbon is advertised as providing "a chance to encounter wild gibbons in their natural habitat" by ziplining through "the ancient Thai rainforest," per Time. The attraction claims to have "the highest international safety standards." (Read more ziplines stories.)

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