Canadian man dies after Thai zip line snaps

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A Canadian man plunged to his death in Thailand after a zipline snapped on Saturday local time.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Mae Kampong village in Mae-on district late Saturday morning, local media says.

Mae-on district chief Suthep Saenmongkol identified the man as Spencer Charles, 25, who travelled to Thailand in a group which included his girlfriend, the Bangkok Post reports.

Initial reports suggested shortly after Charles, who weighed about 125 kilograms, was released from the zipline operated by Flight of the Gibbon Co, the cable disconnected and he plunged about 100m into a creek below.

According to the Bangkok Post, the case against the zipline operator is being handled by tourist police and the director of the tourism and sports office in Chiang Mai.

Serious injuries have occurred previously at the zipline. In September 2016, three Israeli tourists were injured in a fall.

Chiang Mai deputy governor Komsan Suwan-ampa told the Bangkok Post the body of the Canadian tourist had been brought to Maharat Hospital, awaiting his father's arrival to take the body back to Canada.


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