A student became separated from life-saving equipment in his rucksack when he broke his leg in a 30-metre fall while hiking in mountains in Slovenia.
Bryant Yi-Hun Tan (22) called for help on his mobile phone at 2.15pm, but worsening weather meant a helicopter couldn’t reach the spot where he fell and mountain rescuers who were several hours away made their way on foot.
Bryant, of Lilac Close, Bourne, was unconscious when rescuers reached him with medical help at 6.40pm and he was pronounced dead at 8.30pm that day, June 29 last year.
An inquest in Boston heard Bryant died from hypothermia and a broken leg. His leg was so severely fractured that it would have left him completely immobile and could have caused him to lose one to two units (pints) of blood.
South Lincolnshire Coroner Professor Robert Forrest concluded Bryant died as a result of an accident.
Bryant’s father, Chin Wee Tan, said his son had just completed his four-year master’s degree in electrical engineering as a full-time student at California’s Stamford University.
Chin described Bryant as an experienced hiker and walker and said he went to Slovenia to walk in the Triglav National Park.
He told the inquest: “I think the big thing about the fall was that his equipment was separated from him. He had some lifesaving equipment.”
Chin said that equipment included a reflective blanket in which Bryant could have covered himself.
Shortly before he died, Bryant stayed at an address and email evidence was read out from Riena Bezjak who said he was warned not to set out because the paths were dangerous with compacted snow and ice.
Chin told the hearing he wanted to thank the mountain rescuers who went to his son’s aid.
He said he didn’t understand how his son had fallen.
“It wasn’t a mountain climbing trip, it was a hike, and therefore it really surprised us that Bryant could have fallen.”