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Tourist Killed in 900-Foot Fall From Tightrope Attraction in China

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | August 18, 2015

Tourist Killed in 900-Foot Fall From Tightrope Attraction in China

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A tourist fell to his death and another suffered minor injuries in a tightrope ride accident in China's Hunan province Sunday, the People's Daily Online reported.

The ride involves a bike perched atop and chair suspended below a tightrope, attached to each other and pulled simultaneously across a canyon. The deceased, a Chinese man said to be around 40 years old, plummeted more than 900 feet when the chair's rope broke off. The man, identified by only his surname, Yang, was rushed to a nearby hospital but was ultimately pronounced dead after suffering severe injuries. 

The other tourist, who was riding the bike above Yang, was left hanging upside down from the cable. Fortunately, staff were able to pull the man to safety and his injuries were only minor.

The attraction has just opened in May and has since been shut down following Sunday's fatal accident. The Peope's Daily Online reported the incident is under investigation and staff operating the ride have been detained by police, presumably for questioning. 

The three-month-old ride is suspended by four cables above the Longquan Grand Canyon and is part of an outdoor park. The cables stretch across the canyon and are attached to the opposing cliff faces.

Sadly, this tragedy comes just days after a Dutch tourist fell to her death in a bungee-jumping accident in Spain. 

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