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Family of Canadian man who died ziplining in Chiang Mai calls for changes

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PHOTO: Spencer Donaldson at the Flight of the Gibbon zipline in Chiang Mai, moments before he jumped to his death – Supplied by Spencer’s family.

“Flight of the Gibbon isn’t listed on the website of Association for Challenge Course Technology as a member and the Association have denied that the Chiang Mai ride is a member.”

The family of a Canadian man who died in a Chiang Mai zipline accident last month hopes the tragedy will help spark safety upgrades. Spencer Donaldson attached to the harness for a five-kilometre ride at the Flight of the Gibbon ride on April 13. Moments later he stepped off the platform and fell 12 metres as his fiancee watched. Spencer died on impact with the ground.

He was remembered by friends and family as an “outgoing person who loved life” at a memorial service in his hometown in Fruitvale, British Columbia, last weekend.

Flight of the Gibbon says before getting on the zipline, Mr. Donaldson completed a safety orientation, claiming that he was within the ride’s 125 kilogram weight limit, a matter of contention in Thai social media following the fatal incident.

Flight of the Gibbon claims Spencer’s death was as a result of “metallurgic failure.”

But Spencer’s family believe the cable clamps on the ride were not fixed properly before he left the platform.

“We are very happy to have the support of the Thai government and local authorities to implement change and accountability that will make safety in ziplining equal to other countries.”

Flight of the Gibbon claims to be a member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology, an industry group that focuses in part on standards and credentials for the adventure rides around the world.

But Flight of the Gibbon isn’t listed on their website as a member and the Association have denied that the Chiang Mai ride is a member.

The Donaldson family has now hired Kevin Smith, a Canadian zipline operator, to investigate the circumstances around their son’s death.

SOURCE: Global News Canada

Family of Canadian man who died ziplining in Chiang Mai calls for changes | News by The Thaiger

Part of the harness that was used by Mr Donaldson is now a part of police evidence in the investigation into the Canadian’s death

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    John

    May 19, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Years ago a young British tourist was killed by enraged elephants at one of the animal parks after being teased by Chinese tourists. After performing the elephants run up into the bleachers for their banana treats. (They sell bananas for this purpose) The Chinese tourists extended their hands out with the bananas and then snatched them away. Ha! Ha! Ha! Funy!! Well, the elephants didn’t seem to think so. They went bereserk and started attacking people. Unfortunately the British teen was bedly injured and lay dying in her father’s arms. The zoo didn’t even have a First Aid kit or a stretcher. This is the Third World people! Be careful!

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Hotel guest in Chiang Mai runs up bill of nearly 50,000 baht before fleeing

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A man who claims to be a doctor stayed in a Chiang Mai hotel for 21 nights, running up a bill of nearly 50,000 baht, before instructing the hotel to invoice the Ministry for the Interior and then fleeing the premises.

Employees of the hotel say they didn’t expect the man to abscond as he has stayed there on three previous occasions, paying his bill each time. He would usually reserve his room through an online booking site and gave his name as Chayarop, saying he was a doctor from Nakhon Si Thammarat.

This time, the man did not book in advance but simply walked in on September 28 and asked for a room.

Hotel employees say he didn’t say how long he’d be staying for and during his stay, he ordered room service every night, inviting friends to eat and drink with him.

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Eventually, he had run up a bill of nearly 50,000 baht, but the hotel was reluctant to ask him when he planned to pay due to the fact that he was a regular guest.

After 21 nights, he instructed the hotel to send his bill to the Ministry for the Interior. When he left the hotel that day, he didn’t give any indication that he wouldn’t be returning later. When he failed to show that evening, the hotel tried to contact him on the number he’d provided but the phone was never answered.

The hotel has now filed a report with the local police force.

SOURCE: thairesidents.com

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Earthquake could hit Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

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A magnitude 4.1 tremor shook seven districts of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai on Friday night, prompting the Department of Mineral Resources to warn that the two northern provinces could face a magnitude 5 earthquake within ten years.

The prediction is based on analysis of movements in the Mae Tha fault lines, including the 5.1 ML quake in December 2006, centred under the Mae Rim district of Chiang Mai.

Geological studies in Ban Pong Samakkhi, Chiang Mai, indicate that the area experienced a 5.9 ML quake about 2,000 years ago.

Earthquake could hit Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai | News by The Thaiger

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Friday’s temblor occurred at 9:46 pm, with its epicentre about six kilometres below the surface in Doi Saked district.

The tremor was felt in the Muang, Prao, San Sai, Doi Saket and Hang Dong districts of Chiang Mai and Wiang Papao district of Chiang Rai, though there have been no reports of casualties or property damage.

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Jump in national park visitor numbers as ‘winter’ arrives in northern Thailand

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As northern Thailand moves into the ‘cold season’ (well, cold for Thailand) and temperatures drop, national park officials are reporting an increase in visitor numbers. Whilst the temperature is cooling down on the local northern mountain tops, the ground level temperatures are still around 30 (forecast below). But later in December the temperatures sometime reach as low as zero for places like Doi Inthanon.

The Bangkok Post is reporting that Kritsayam Khongsatri, Head of Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai says the park welcomed 21,994 visitors over the recent long weekend, over 7,000 a day.

Kritsayam says most of the visitors are Thais who enjoy camping in the colder weather, with average temperatures at the summit of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain, being just 5-11 degrees Celsius.

Khao Yai National Park, north east of Bangkok, has also seen a significant increase in visitor numbers, with wild elephants coming out from the jungle to feel the warmth of the sun as temperatures dropped to below 20 Celsius yesterday.

“Visitors to the park are being asked to refrain from using car horns, or bright lights such as flashing cameras and full beam headlights to avoid disturbing the resident elephants.”

Winter in northern Thailand typically sees a dip in temperatures and a decline in rainfall coupled with strengthening winds from the north.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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