Going Coconuts

RAWAI: A young welder from Nakorn Sri Thammarat died of a broken neck on April 27 after he fell from a coconut tree in Rawai. Sompoj Petcharat, 23, was part of a team working at a bungalow colony off Yanui Rd. Being thirsty, he decided to scale one of the many coconut trees in the area to quench his thirst. But after successfully climbing up the 15-meter tree, he apparently ran out of energy and began sliding back down. He then lost his grip completely and fell the rest of the way, his neck snapping when his head bounced hard on the ground. Police noted that the fracture was so complete it was possible to turn the head of the corpse 360 degrees. It was not reported whether K. Sompoj managed to dislodge any coconuts before he plunged to his death.

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