A Spanish tourist was fatally injured when he fell from a popular waterfall in Chiang Mai Thursday, police said.
Pol Capt Natthawat Khuenkaew, an officer on duty of Chang Phuek police station in Chiang Mai, said rescuers could not reach Carlos Gabriel, 28, in time to save him.
Natthawat said Gabriel slipped and fell from the third platform of the Monthathan Waterfall in Doi Inthanon National Park while he was stepping on the edge to take photos of the falling water. Park officials said several accidents have happened at the spot.
Natthawat said he and rescuers rushed to the scene with ropes and rock climbing gears as well as a rescue stretcher. The waterfall is about one kilometer deep in a forest and is part of a high cliff. The part of the cliff is made of sharp and complicated layers of rock, making it hard for rescuers to climb to the spot where Gabriel was trapped.
Natthawat said when rescuers reached him, Gabriel had already died of severe injuries. The rescuers took more than an hour to bring his body down. His girlfriend told police that the two visited the waterfall and climbed to the third platform. Then, Gabriel stepped to the edge to try to have a good view of the waterfall and take its photos.
However, the rock was slippery so he fell down and was washed downstream until he was trapped on the second platform of the waterfall. The girlfriend then called for help from park officials.
Gabriel’s body was sent for an autopsy at the Maharaj Chiang Mai Hospital.
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