Monday, April 16, 2012

Taiwan: Chinese Tourist Falls into Sea After Entering Restricted Area, Dies

A Chinese tourist from the PRC, 47, fell into the sea while touring a scenic rock park (Yehliu Geopark) along the northern Taiwanese coast earlier today (April16), after entering an area of the park prohibited to tourists. Unfortunately, the man died at the hospital from severe head injuries sustained in the fall.

A security guard posted in the restricted area attempted to deter the tourist from entering the area, but his efforts were unsuccessful.

COMMENT: The decedent, a village chief in China's Shaanxi Province, was unconscious when he was pulled from coastal waters and never regained consciousness. He was part of 19-member tour group from China that included several other officials from his office. The group's 7-day, 6-night tour of Taiwan was scheduled to return to China on April 17.

Yehliu Geopark is one of the most extraordinary rock formations in the world and is located on a cape in the town of Wanli, between Taipei and Keelung. The cape, known by geologists as the Yehliu Promontory, forms part of the Taliao Miocene Formation. It stretches approximately 1,700 meters into the ocean.

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