Phuket rescuers find body of man who jumped from bridge

Rescuers found the body, photo by Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation.

Phuket rescuers on Wednesday found the body of a man who jumped from the Thep Krasattri Bridge. Kusoldharm rescuers recovered the body, and the man’s wife confirmed that the body was her husband’s.

The rescuers found the body floating about 1 kilometre away from the bridge, The Phuket Express reported. The names of the man and the wife were being withheld.

Kok Kloi Police in Phang Nga’s Takua Thung district were first alerted that the 57 year old man had jumped from the bridge after midnight on Monday morning. The bridge connects Phuket to Phang Nga.

Rescuers arrived at the scene to find a motorbike parked on the bridge. They then searched the waters for about two hours but failed to find the man. The search continued again in the afternoon.

Rescuers continued to search for the man until they found his body on Wednesday.

Mental health is a serious issue across the globe, and Thailand is no exception.

In July last year, a Phuket woman was rushed to a hospital after jumping from a bridge into a canal in the island province’s main city district. The 31 year old woman had jumped from Gor Jan Bridge. Rescue workers pulled her out of the shallow water, and took her to a nearby hospital.

In June last year, a man in Phuket was talked out of jumping from a hotel. The man, around 35-40 years old, had relationship problems. He threatened to jump from the fourth floor of a hotel in Patong due to the stress that he felt.

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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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.