First time a tourist has fallen from the precipice
A Spanish tourist has fallen to his death from Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen, one of Norway’s most famous tourist attractions.
Around 200,000 people visit the site each year. But this is the first time a tourist has fallen from the granite precipice, which stands 600 metres above Lysefjord near Stavanger.
“We’ve always feared this could happen,” Kjell Helle Olsen, a former head of the hiking association Stavanger Turistforening, told NRK news. “It’s tragic, but this is something we figured could happen.”
The accident happened when the man returned to take some last photos as his tour group was leaving, according to press reports. Moments later, his companions heard a scream and he was gone. His body was late found in the fjord below. No one actually saw him fall.
Debate about safety at Preikestolen has continued for years. Local officials stress that people visiting the site do so at their own risk. The local hiking association says that all it can do is offer advice about the danger of getting too close to the edge.
Olsen believes that putting up a fence would give a false sense of security, encouraging people to sit or try to balance on it. “So we fear that a fence could only contribute to more accidents,” he said.
The Local / News in English
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