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PHUKET: Police are investigating the death of a Chinese tourist who plunged from his fifth-floor hotel room balcony in Karon early yesterday morning.

Wang Anjun, 41, died at Patong Hospital after succumbing to injuries sustained in the fall at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, said Capt Channarong Prakongkua of the Karon Police.

“Mr Wang was drinking beer with friends on the beach on Sunday night. He sat there and drank until early Monday morning. He returned to his room at about 1:30am,” Capt Channarong said.

At about 3:50am, hotel security guards found Mr Wang severely injured on the ground below his balcony.

“He was immediately taken to the hospital,” Capt Channarong said.

Though police suspect the fall was an accident, they are continuing their investigation.

“We have yet to question all of the people who we believe may have more information about Mr Wang’s death,” Capt Channarong said.

“Although we believe it was an accident, we will not close the case until we have concluded our investigation.”

In a statement issued to the Phuket Gazette this morning, Almario Mungcal, director of online and marketing communications for the hotel said:

“A tragic incident involving a hotel guest took place on April 27th, 2015, at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort. Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort is extremely saddened by what has transpired and would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased.

“The safety and security of our guests continues to be a priority at all times. Since the time of the incident, the hotel has been working closely with the local authorities to assist with any related arrangements needed for the guest’s family members.

“The hotel will continue to provide support and do all we can to assist with their needs during this difficult time. As this is an ongoing police matter, we cannot provide further comments at this time.”

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

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