TAIPEI (The China Post) — A two-year-old boy died Sunday after falling from a suspension bridge in a forest park in Nantou County, Taiwan, authorities said.
The toddler was visiting Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area (奧萬大森林遊樂區) with his family when he suddenly fell through a gap on a suspension bridge and plunged into a 70-meter-deep ravine.
The Nantou County Fire Department (南投消防局) said they received a report around 1:46 p.m. that a child had fallen from the bridge. The rescue team found the boy around at 2 p.m. The toddler was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Speaking at a press briefing on Monday, the boy’s father responded to netizen accusing them of negligence. His wife was holding the boy’s hand at the time of the accident, he said.
She was unable to pull him back after he fell through the gap between the fence and the bridge floor, he said, adding that the gap got bigger after a sudden gust of wind.
Regarding the cause of the gap, which directly led to the boy’s death, Nantou Forest District Office (南投林區管理處) said the bridge had been temporarily closed, adding that officials had been patrolling every month to ensure the bridge was safe.
By Carol Kan