Phuket

Australian tourist ignores warning sign, injured in fall

PHUKET: An Australian tourist was injured after ignoring a warning sign and falling down a small cliff at the Susan Hoi Shell Cemetery, also known as the “Fossil Beach”, near Ao Nang in Krabi yesterday.

According to police, David Grant, 40, was visiting the famous natural attraction with a friend when he decided to climb down the cliff to the fossilized rock formations.

“Mr Gant was at the viewpoint with a friend,” said Sen Sgt Maj Thongchai of Krabi Town Police. “He ignored the warning sign about the rocks and was climbing down the cliff when he slipped and fell about three meters.”

Ao Nang rescue workers had to navigate their way around the 75-million-year-old rock formations, sited within the Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, and along the beach to get to Mr Grant.

“He remained conscious and suffered only a few cuts a bruises – mostly to his face. Luckily, he didn’t break any bones,” said Sgt Thongchai.

“Please heed the warning signs at places like this, otherwise you could suffer serious injury.”

Mr Grant was taken to Krabi Hospital for treatment and was later discharged.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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