Body of missing British tourist found in ravine

By Phan Hau, Thanh Nien News

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Rescuers led by sniffer dogs have found the dead body of Aiden Webb. Photo: Khanh Van Rescuers led by sniffer dogs have found the dead body of Aiden Webb. Photo: Khanh Van


Vietnamese rescuers have found the body of a British tourist who went missing during a mountain trek nearly a week ago.
Colonel Tran Van Kim of the National Search and Rescue Committee said around 200 rescuers led by two sniffer dogs joined the search for Aiden Shaw Webb and found him in a ravine in Sa Pa at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
He said the dogs found the footprints of the British backpacker and rescuers managed to make their way into the ravine where they found his body.
Nguyen Quang Vinh, Director of Hoang Lien National Park, told Tuoi Tre that the rescuers plan to bring Webb's body back to Sa Pa by using the aerial tramway from the Fansipan mountain. 
But Webb's body wound not reach Sa Pa before tomorrow, he said.
Webb, 22, was reportedly attempting to climb the Fansipan, Vietnam's highest mountain in the northwestern province of Lao Cai, on June 3. His girlfriend Bluebell Eloise Baughan lost contact with him in the morning of June 4.
Before they lost contact, he called her and said that he had fallen into a waterfall, hurt himself and was lost.
Aiden was supposed to meet a friend at the bottom of the 3,100m-high Fansipan Mountain, Hoang Lien National Park, following his climb - but did not show up.
After Baughan informed the management board of Hoang Lien National Park of the case, a team of forest rangers identified the area in which Webb had trekked. They came to the site and searched for him but could not find him.
Local authorities then sent around 100 people to the area to search for Webb.
The British embassy in Hanoi sent a note asking the National Search and Rescue Committee to join the search.

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