A tourist from Hyderabad, Syed Murtaza Ali Shah, has died after falling off the world’s most dangerous Hussaini Suspension Bridge located in Gojal, Hunza. The bridge rests at a height of 100ft from the river bed, consisting of 472 wooden planks which are about 660 feet in length. The huge gaps between the wooden planks make it difficult to cross the bridge that is operated by the local community.
Hussaini Suspension Bridge sealed after the incident
According to the Gojal Assistant commissioner, Asghar Khan, the tourist came to Gojal on a trip organized by a private tour company along with his colleagues and cousin. The Assistant Commissioner confirmed that the tourist was an epilepsy patient and suspected that Mr Shah might have fallen off the bridge as a result of a seizure.
The body of the deceased was retrieved from the river near Goharabad, after a two-hour search operation conducted by local authorities and Rescue 1122. The body is moved to the local hospital for further investigations from where it will be sent to his native city. AC Khan confirmed that the bridge has been sealed till the completion of a police investigation into the incident.
The most dangerous bridge in the world
The Hussaini suspension bridge is a long swaying bridge that connects two villages. The tourists are allowed to visit the bridge after paying 300 rupees for a ticket. However, in order to enjoy the experience of crossing the bridge, the tourists are supposed to comply with precautionary measures, such as wearing life jackets. Likewise, old people and children are not allowed on the bridge to avoid any unfortunate incident. The residents of Husseini village use the bridge to reach the newly settled area of Zar Abad and to transfer their agricultural commodities.