Chinese tourist falls to death while taking photos on Indonesian volcano

By Hoang Phong    April 22, 2024 | 01:13 am PT
Chinese tourist falls to death while taking photos on Indonesian volcano
A couple stand on a cliff at Ijen Crater, one of active 76 volcanoes in Indonesia. Photo by Trinh Nam Thai
Police in Indonesia on Sunday confirmed a Chinese female tourist had fallen off a cliff and died while posing for photos on an Indonesia's famous volcano.

The 31-year-old victim, identified as Huang Lihong, and her husband were accompanied by their tour guide on Saturday to Ijen volcano complex in East Java Province, famous for its stunning "blue fire"that attracts many tourists every year, Hongxing News reported.

While watching the sunset, the couple took turns taking photos.

As the victim was posing on the edge of the crater, she slipped from a height of 75m into a ravine below, DwiSugiarto, head of the Conservation Section for Region V Banyuwangi, told Asia Today, an Indonesia-based news website.

She sustained multiple injuries and a fractured left leg from the fall and was confirmed dead later.

Police have ruled her death an accident.

Authorities are completing plans to transport her body to Bali before bringing it back to China.

According to the tour guide, he had warned the couple about the dangers on the crater, The Straits Times reported.

The Ijen volcano complex is a group of composite volcanoes located on the border between Banyuwangi Regency and Bondowoso Regency of East Java.

It is known for its blue fire and acidic crater lake.

Despite its popularity, many accidents have been reported in the area.

In February this year, a Polish tourist died while trekking at Ijen Crater.

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