The popular tourist resort of Pattaya recorded yet another unwanted statistic this morning when a man plunged to his death in what some expats somewhat heartlessly refer to as the “Pattaya Flying Club.”
The insensitively named Pattaya Flying Club is the term given to troubled foreigners who commit suicide by throwing themselves off a Pattaya hotel balcony and to their death.
Today, it was the turn of a 39 year old Chinese tourist, who took the plunge at 6.16am today.
The victim left a suicide note. It said…
“Sorry, I Suicide. Goodbye everybody. All of you can throw away my stuff (the victim’s name) 6/Feb/2023.”
The Pattaya Police identified a 39 year old Chinese tourist as the victim, whose name was not disclosed until his family and embassy were contacted.
He was found deceased on the street next to a 35-floor condominium/hotel in Nongprue, Pattaya.
The victim was reported to have jumped from the 27th floor, as indicated by his key card found in a plastic bag attached to his arm with tape.
The victim was dressed in a grey t-shirt and black/brown pants and sustained fatal injuries, being pronounced dead at the scene by the police.
A condominium security guard, Narakorn Rattanakunnara, who reported seeing the victim fall to the ground after observing them flailing in the air, reported Pattaya News. He quickly called the authorities after the shock of the event.
An investigation of the victim’s room on the 27th floor revealed a note written in poor English and no signs of foul play. The victim’s body was taken to a Police Hospital for an autopsy.
The suicide is the second by a Chinese national in a month.
On January 13, Police and rescuers found the body of 33 year old tour agent Chen Pu Lin in a pool of blood on a walkway of the Mantra Pura Hotel in Bang Lamung district. Lin was dressed only in his underwear.
If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai). Please also contact your friends or relatives at this time if you have feelings of loneliness, stress or depression. Seek help.
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