British Tourist Deaths In Vietnam Are Stark Warning To Backpackers
Three British tourists have been found dead near waterfalls in Vietnam.
The BBC have identified one of the three as 25-year-old Christian Sloan from Kent.
The other two victims have not been named but are allegedly two women aged between 19 and 25.
Nguyen Van Yen, deputy chairman of Lam Dong province was in charge of recovering the bodies.
He told the BBC:
When we found the bodies, we found their helmets and safety jackets but no ropes.
According to our initial investigation, after visiting the Datanla waterfalls, they went to the forest to another area for canyoning. On their way, they passed through a stream which flowed into a waterfall. Unfortunately a person slipped, taking the other two with him.
Sloan’s family have released a statement which reads:
Christian’s death is a very sad loss to us.
He was a very popular young man, formerly in the Royal Navy, who had many, many friends not just locally but around the world. He lived for life.
The Foreign Office say they have made contact with each of the victim’s families.
We are providing support to the families of three British nationals following their deaths near Da Lat, Vietnam.
Our sympathies are with their families and friends at this difficult time. We are in close contact with local authorities in Vietnam on their behalf.
This tragedy serves as a stark reminder to all backpackers to exercise caution during their travels.