A 35-year-old Shanghai resident fell to his death while rappelling a waterfall with a group of travelers in the Xianju county of Zhejiang province, police said.
The man, surnamed Meng, was abseiling the 80-meter-high Zhukengli Waterfall in Danzhu village along with 15 other tourists when fell and his body was sucked in by a current, guancha.cn reports.
Due to a lack of signal in the area, a local villager had to travel a kilometer away just to call for help. Rescue personnel arrived and managed to retrieve his body at around 5:00 p.m., at which point the man was pronounced dead.
According the other tourists, the man was pushed into the current by the rushing waterfall. No one else was injured in the incident.
Gao Bo, captain of the Shanghai Search and Rescue Team, warned in a Shanghai Daily report that adventurers lacking experience should be wary when taking on such activities. Many outdoor explorers are not properly equipped and overestimate their own physical strength.
Rough weather in such mountainous regions can also add to the risk, he said.
“This tragedy is an example of when your guts are greater than your ability,” one netizen agreed.
by Maggie Wong