Wednesday, November 16, 2011

American Student, 20, Killed After Jumping into Petrohue Falls, Other Injured

A USACH exchange student, 20, was killed yesterday (November 15) after he and another exchange student foolishly jumped from a viewing platform into the Petrohue Falls at the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park in Chile.

COMMENT: Both men
were injured by jumping from a height of roughly 10 meters (32 feet), but one of the students died from the prank due to drowning. The US Embassy in Santiago is assisting in the repatriation of his body.

This is an excellent example as to why Americans are often perceived negatively in other countries, largely because of their doing foolish things, failing to adhere to the reasonable behavior of others who know better and taking chances in a foreign land that will either expose them to the risk of injury or death and/or reflect poorly on traveling Americans everywhere.

USACH is an exchange program for foreign students at the University of Chile de Santiago. Also see the following link:

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