Mountaineering & Expeditions

Tragedy In Vietnam: Body Of Young British Climber Aiden Webb Found In Hoang Lien National Park

Rescuers had been searching for Aiden Webb, from Norwich, since last Friday.

Pictured: Aiden Webb, photographed by his girlfriend Bluebell Baughan, was a keen climber.

The body of a young British climber has been found dead in the Hoang Lien National Park of northern Vietnam. Aiden Webb, 22, had been travelling the country with his girlfriend Bluebell Baughan, 24 when he went missing at the end of last week.

Webb had been attempting to climb Fansipan mountain (3,100 metres), Vietnam’s tallest peak, by himself last Friday when he fell and hurt himself. Baughan stated that she lost contact with Webb, when his phone stopped working the next day.

Rangers found Webb’s body today at 12:50 local time (6:50 BST). His girlfriend revealed that Webb had called her on Friday to tell her that he’d fallen into a ravine, and that he’d injured his arm and leg. They agreed that a rescue team was necessary. Searchers had been scouring the area for almost a week, before making their tragic discovery.

Pictured: At 3100m, Fansipan is Vietnam’s tallest mountain.

Aiden’s father Trever Webb, and his uncle Michael, arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday to assist with the search effort. On Wednesday, Trever revealed to the BBC that the family were “desperate.” He also confirmed that they had gained permission to use drones to help with the rescue.

Nguyen Quang Vinh, head of the Hoang Lien National Park in Lao Cai province, has said: “It is very sad that we found the British tourist body today at 12:50…The position is quite near the location that his girlfriend gave us, in Sin Chai village.”

Our thoughts go out to Aiden’s friends, family, and loved ones at this difficult time.

Pictured: Aiden Webb had been travelling with his girlfriend Bluebell Baughan when he went missing in Vietnam.
Pictured: Bluebell Baughan and Aiden Webb were graduates from Anglia Ruskin University.
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