American tourist deemed ‘careless’ in Krabi rock-climbing fall

Police in Ao Nang, Krabi, say they have inspected and declared safe for climbing the rock face at Railay Beach where American tourist Samara Landers, 38, broke her leg in a six-meter plunge on March 5.

Landers was scaling the edifice with three friends when she fell, breaking her leg on landing. Fellow rock climbers called for assistance, which took hours to recover her from the site and get her to the hospital.

“We have inspected the scene where Landers fell and asked the local rock-climbing club, and they said that everything there is okay, that no climbing pins in the wall are worn out or need replacing,” Capt. Chokdee Petdaung of the Ao Nang Police said.

“We know that Landers has expertise in climbing, her friends told us, but we were also told that her equipment was not ‘standard’, so all we can assume is that the accident resulted from her own carelessness while climbing,” Capt. Chokdee said.

Ms Landers and her three friends also did not have…

Original published: 16 March 2017 3:15 am Read the full Bangkok News here

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