The body of a missing mountain climber has been found after a week of searching

Aiden Webb with girlfriend Bluebell Baughan (SWNS)
Aiden Webb (SWNS)
Aiden Webb (SWNS)

The body of a British mountain climber who went missing in Vietnam almost a week ago has been found.

Aiden Webb, 22, was last seen after setting out to climb the 10,312ft Fansipan Mountain, near Sa Pa in northwest Vietnam on Saturday.

Forest rangers spent a week searching for him before drones were brought in to reach down ravines.

Aiden, from Norwich, Norfolk, was a keen mountain climber but he injured himself after getting into trouble during the climb last week.

He had been keeping in contact with his girlfriend, Bluebell Baughan, through Facebook messenger but her messages stopped delivering to his phone.

The climber had told Bluebell not to get help for him as he was “determined” to get to the top.

But he finally agreed after becoming cold and injured on the mountain and he sent Bluebell his location.

The last message she received from her boyfriend of two years was at 6.18am local time on Saturday which jokingly said he had dropped her torch down a waterfall.

Aiden’s body was found by rangers yesterday (thurs) at 12.50 local time (7.00 BST) near to the location Bluebell handed over to local police in Sin Chai Village at the foot of the mountain.

Concerned family members had continuously been sharing updates and pictures of the experienced climber and his father Trevor, and uncle Michael, flew out to help.

Speaking at the time when Aiden was still missing, Bluebell said: “I kept asking if I could get him help but he was determined that he would make it to the top of the mountain.

“He started to say he was getting cold and quite scared because he had hurt his arm and knew the climb to get back down would be extremely difficult.

“In the hours of the morning he decided to move but I told him to stay where he was.

“But he fell and hurt his knee quite badly and that’s when he finally let me get him some help.”

Aiden Webb with girlfriend Bluebell Baughan (SWNS)
Aiden Webb with girlfriend Bluebell Baughan (SWNS)

The couple met at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, Cambs., where Aiden studied drama and Bluebell studied performing arts.

A donation page which was set up to help pay volunteers for the search raised £6,000 in just three days.

The head of the Hoang Lien National Park told the BBC: “It is very sad that we found the British tourist body today at 12:50.

“The position is quite near the location that his girlfriend gave us, in Sin Chai Village.”


Aiden’s recent Facebook posts have spoken of trekking up mountains, caving and motorbiking during his Vietnam visit.

Days before he went missing he posted about completing his first “official free soloing rock climb” on May 28.

His post said: “Never had so much fun and never had my mind so clear and empty.

“Definitely no ‘El Capitan’, but regardless. This is something I’ve felt I’ve needed to do in a long time.

“(Apologies in advance to all family members who think I’m loco, and reckless I’m actually a very safe climber and know my limits).”


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