Tourist rescued after falling off Yen Tu Mountain

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A 29-year-old man was discharged from hospital Sunday after being treated for minor injuries he suffered while falling down the side of Yen Tu Mountain in northern Vietnam the previous day. Tran Quang Dac was visiting the popular tourist destination in Quang Ninh Province when he crossed a fence to urinate at around 8 p.m. and tumbled down a cliff. He regained consciousness at around 10 p.m. and called for help. A Yen Tu National Park worker, who was releasing a king cobra in the forest, saw him and reported to the park managers. Rescuers found him an hour later some 200m down the mountain. Dac was rushed to the Vietnam-Sweden Hospital, where doctors said he only had minor injuries and bruises. In December 2011 Nguyen Tai Quyen, 27, fell off Yen Tu and was rescued a day later after a hotel reported he was missing. Quyen, who sustained fractures of the clavicle and back bone, said he fell off after crossing a safety barrier to take photos. Yen Tu is located 1,068 meters above sea level, the highest in northeastern Vietnam, and closely linked to the Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen Buddhist sect founded by King Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308). It was listed as a national relic in 1974 and a special national relic in 2012. Most of its pagodas, temples and towers are located on nearly 2,800 hectares in the Yen Tu Forest Natural Reserve which boasts a diverse tropical ecosystem.