Police officer falls to his death posing for photos on C. Taiwan’s Huoyanshan

Lin was sitting on edge of cliff dangling feet while friend took photos

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/04/19
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Miaoli County Fire Bureau photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A New Taipei policeman was found dead after falling into a ravine on central Taiwan’s Huoyanshan (火炎山) on Friday (April 17) while posing for photos, CNA reported.

The mountain is composed of thick layers of gravel, and the deep valleys and cols were formed by rain erosion over many years. The attraction is like a real-life version of the “Mountain of Flames” in the classic Chinese novel "Journey to the West.”

The Miaoli County Fire Bureau received a report at around 1 p.m. that a visitor had fallen into a ravine in the gorge. The bureau immediately marshaled a rescue team composed of police officers, fire fighters, and volunteers, and they arrived at the scene of the accident around 2:15 p.m. Some members of the rescue team rappelled 120 meters into the ravine, and at around 4 p.m. they found the victim, who had lost vital signs.

According to photos the rescue team took at the scene, the victim seemed to accelerate during the fall and thrust himself into the earth headfirst. The victim’s head and chest were buried by a great deal of dirt and rubble, and his right leg was fractured.    [FULL  STORY]

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