Travel firm suspended over deaths of 3 British tourists

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A travel firm in the central highlands province of Lam Dong has been suspended after three British nationals died during its tour at a local waterfall on Friday, Thanh Nien News reported.

Dam Me Company’s activities have been halted until an investigation into the accident at the Datanla Falls, about 10 kilometres from the resort town of Dalat’s center, is concluded, said Nguyen Quy Phuong, chief of travel department under Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Local police have been questioning tour guide Dang Van Sy, 26, and company director Pham Huu Hoai Nguyen, 31, since Friday, according to national radio broadcaster Voice of Vietnam.

Managers of the Datanla Falls have been accusing the travel company of failing to contact them to get the tourists professional tour guides and relevant services, including necessary equipment for adventure tours such as zip-lining and climbing.

Initial investigation suggested that the victims, 25-year-old man Christian Sloan and two women Izzy Squire, 19, and Beth Anderson, 25, might have slipped while descending the falls. Their bodies were recovered with safety jackets on, but no ropes or climbing gears were found.

They all died of brain injuries after hitting rocks, local media cited police’s autopsy results as saying.