Vietnam extends search for missing British man

By Phan Hau, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnamese rescuers searching for the missing British tourist. Photo: K.Van Vietnamese rescuers searching for the missing British tourist. Photo: K.Van


Vietnamese authorities are extending the search for a British tourist who went missing during a mountain trek four days ago.
On Tuesday morning Nguyen Ngoc Hinh, deputy chairman of Sa Pa District People’s Committee, met Trever Webb, the father of Aiden Webb, the 22-year-old backpacker. Trever flied from the UK to Vietnam to follow the search for his missing son in the northwestern province of Lao Cai.
Aiden Webb reportedly were attempting to climb the Fansipan, Vietnam's highest mountain in Lao Cai, on June 3 and 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 and got 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. 
Aiden Webb, who is believed to have gone missing in Vietnam. Photo shared via Facebook
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 sent around 100 people to join the search.
On Tuesday, rescuers extended the search to a hill, some waterfalls and forests in Hoang Lien Son area which are 2,500 meters above the sea level.
Authorities said the search is getting more difficult as the area with deep abysses is hard to access.
Sa Pa district authorities said money spent on the search will be funded by its budget.
Trever Webb told authorities his son is a professional trekker and he may have moved to other areas from the place where he fell.
He said the family will offer a reward worth VND100 million (US$4,478) for the first person who finds Aiden.

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