Mother sues travel company for son’s death in India

The family of a student who died while hiking in a remote part of India is suing the company that organized and ran the trip.It’s just the latest tragic example for a group pushing for legislation to better protect Minnesota’s students traveling and studying abroad.

“Our sons and daughters are our greatest treasures,” said Elizabeth Brenner in a video put together by the ClearCause Foundation, a local nonprofit pushing for better regulation and oversight of the student travel industry.

He was 20 years old, a University of Iowa student from Minnetonka, when he joined a group trip to explore remote areas of India in the fall of 2011. But Thomas Plotkin never came home.

Plotkin was hiking on a slick mountainside path when he lost his footing and fell to his death. “His body was never found,” Brenner said.

Read full report here, ABC News


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