A Chinese tourist threw caution and explicitly-stated regulations to the wind when he climbed up a tall rock formation in a US national park, resulting in him falling, losing consciousness, and receiving severe injuries to his head.
The 27-year-old Beijing traveler fell some 80 feet from the top of an overlook on Utah’s Delicate Arch on Tuesday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
“Arches National Park spokesman Paul Henderson said the victim initially was found below the arch unconscious and bleeding from the head, but soon regained consciousness. However, he then told paramedics that he could not feel his legs.”
According to Want China Times, the man was attempting to climb the arch although doing so is specifically banned.
“A witness said the victim was warned by a female tourist with him but still fell after slipping from the rock on which he stood,” the report said.
Earlier this summer, a female tourist died after falling 55 meters (180ft) from a cliff in Heilongjiang province when she climbed over a fence near the edge for a photo.
Be wary, travelers/climbing enthusiasts.
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