Koh Samui – VIJAY SHAH via GEORGIA DIEBELIUS and Metro
A tourist has died after falling a hundred feet while posing for a holiday snap at a waterfall, reports the newspaper Metro today.
Jiri Barta, a man aged 32 from the Czech Republic, was visiting the tourist spot on the popular holiday island of Koh Samui, Thailand with a group of eight fellow travellers. They had reached the Khun Sri waterfall, where Barta and another group member decided to sit at a cliff edge to take pictures. However, Barta lost his footing and tumbled off the cliff, falling 100 feet (30.5 metres) to the ground below. His horrified companions desperately tried to give him first aid, but he did not survive.
Local ambulance rescue teams were called and arrived at the scene. They also attempted to save Barta’s life but later declared him deceased and ferried his body to a local hospital for a post-mortem.
According to a friend of the deceased quoted in the Metro article, Barta was part of a group of five tourists who arrived in Thailand on February 5, and hired five motorcycles to travel around Koh Samui island. The friend, Romana Uassara, told the paper: “We were just admiring the beauty of the waterfall and he walked over to the edge for a picture.
‘The edge is so steep and he fell onto his back. It took a long time for his body to hit the bottom. I don’t know why. ‘
We went down and he was still alive. We tried to do CPR and asked for help from villagers in the neighbourhood”
Tourist police spokesperson Boonchai Wannawatchanasuntorn said that rescuers spend five hours negotiating the terrain to retrieve Jiri Barta’s body. He added “There is a sign in both Thai and English barring people from entering, but tourists keep ignoring it.
Accidents happened often because the slope is very steep, at almost 90 degrees, and it is very slippery.”
Lieutenant Colonel Piyawat Chunwat added: “This is a very dangerous area and we advise all tourist [sic] to stay away and be extra careful.
‘The rescue and recovery of the body was made more difficult by the steep cliffs and dangerous conditions.”
Koh Samui, with a population of 62,500, is Thailand’s second largest island and is popular with budget travellers. The island is famed for its many beaches and mountainous scenery.
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“Tourist fell 100ft to his death whilst posing for a photograph on waterfall” – Georgia Diebelius, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (24 February 2018) http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/24/tourist-fell-100ft-death-whilst-posing-photograph-waterfall-7338311/?ito=social
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