Two sisters and friend died after being ‘swept down a river’ on tour

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Two sisters and friend died after being 'swept down a river' on tour



Two sisters and a friend who were backpacking in South East Asia died after being ‘swept down a river’ during a guided tour, an inquest heard.
Beth Anderson, 24, Izzy Squire, 19, and their friend, Christian Sloan, 24, were travelling in Vietnam when they drowned in fast-moving water near a waterfall on February 26, 2016.
The trio were caught in strong currents after descending a waterfall and were with an official guide, an inquest was today told.

Beth Anderson, 24, Izzy Squire, 19, and their friend, Christian Sloan, 24, were travelling in Vietnam when they drowned in fast-moving water near a waterfall on February 26, 2016 (Picture: SWNS)The formation was not a ‘typical vertical’ waterfall and was instead described as a ‘water slide’ by senior coroner Christopher Dorries.
Reading information provided from Vietnam, Mr Dorries said groups would descend on a rockface laying on their back head first.
Winner of $1.5billion lottery jackpot still hasn’t claimed prize four months onAt the bottom of the slide was a two metre deep pool where tourists were expected to exit to the left hand side to dry land.
However, the pool’s currents lead to another ‘tier’ of waterfall below which was described as ‘dangerous’.
The two women from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, and Mr Sloan, from Kent, had booked the ‘trekking’ tour at the Datanla Waterfalls in the Da Lat area of Vietnam together after meeting a few days earlier while backpacking, the inquest heard.
The senior coroner said: ‘Christian and a male friend met up with the girls a few days before.
‘They agreed they would meet up again at a travel agents to book a tourist trip.’
Super-fit dog runs length of football field to catch frisbee before it landsThe tour hosted by ‘Da Lat Passion Tours’ – which consisted of the three of them and their guide – had been chosen instead of a more difficult ‘canyoning tour’ due to potential dangers.
It was described as a ‘morning trekking’ tour through water, rivers and waterfalls in the inquest at Sheffield Coroners Court today.
Mr Dorries said the group were the only three members of their specific tour.
They were due to be joined by another male but he had fallen ill and did not join the group.

The trio were caught in strong currents after descending a waterfall and were with an official guide, an inquest was today told (Picture: SWNS)

The senior coroner said: ‘Christian and a male friend met up with the girls a few days before’ (Picture: PA)

The coroner said as the group was small with only three members, another tour in front with six people was asked to allow them to go first (Picture: SWNS)They were picked up by a guide, named as ‘Dang Van Si’, before commencing on the tour.
The group – who each lived with their parents in England – had been walking towards one of six waterfalls in the area, the inquest heard.
Former Donald Trump aide sues president over claims he ‘violated’ her with surprise kissThe coroner added: ‘They were picked up and took off. They walked to an area and were going to go to a waterfall.
‘It is a water slide which appears to be popular. When they got there, people were in the process of going down.’
The coroner said as the group was small with only three members, another tour in front with six people was asked to allow them to go first.
The trio laid on their backs, head first, to negotiate the waterfall wearing helmets and life jackets.
As they reached the bottom of the slide, strong currents swept them down river towards the next waterfall.
Their bodies were later recovered from the water with fatal injuries.
Distressing photographs were shown to the inquest of the trio taken by one of the members of the six-strong group behind them.
The photographs showed the three friends in the water below after they had descended the slide just moments before they were caught in the currents.
The inquest was also shown harrowing GoPro footage taken by a member of the group of six as she went down the slide after the trio.

Beth Anderson, 24, (right) with her sister Izzy Squires (Picture: SWNS)

The trio laid on their backs, head first, to negotiate the waterfall wearing helmets and life jackets (Picture: SWNS)

Forensic pathologist Charles Wilson carried out post-mortem examinations of the three bodies after they were repatriated to England (Picture: SWNS)

Employed artist Beth Anderson’s cause of death was given in the report read to the court as ‘drowning’ (Picture: SWNS)In the shocking footage, a girl from the group who followed Beth, Izzy and Christian screams, ‘I can’t stop!’ before clambering to the dry land on the left of the water after an evident struggle.
Police officer DC Stephanek pointed the inquest to two individuals who can be seen within the footage who are believed to have been two of the victims in the water heading towards the next waterfall tier.
Forensic pathologist Charles Wilson carried out post-mortem examinations of the three bodies after they were repatriated to England.
Izzy Squire, a student, had a ‘large fracture of the skull’ and injuries to her left temple.
Her cause of death was described as ‘a combination of head injuries and drowning’.
Employed artist Beth Anderson’s cause of death was given in the report read to the court as ‘drowning’.
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Christian Sloan, a customer relations officer, died from fatal injuries which were described as ‘head and neck injuries associated with drowning’.
All of their deaths were consistent with being ‘swept down a river’, the inquest heard.

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