PHUKET: An emotionally distraught Bangkok man was persuaded not to jump from the sixth floor of a hotel in Patong this morning (June 21).
Police were called to the scene, the Red Planet Patong Hotel on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd, opposite the Patong Post Office, at 11.30am.
Lt. Col. Wuttiwat Liangboonjinda and his fellow officers, along with Kusoldharm Foundation rescuers, arrived to see the man perched dangerously on the balcony railing of his sixth-floor bedroom, his legs dangling to the side.
Officers tried to convince the man to move to a safer position, but to no avail.
Patong disaster officials also arrived quickly and set up a large inflatable mattress in the hope that if the man jumped he would land on it.
The man, Kanaphot Saipet, 30, from Bangkok, said he intended to jump. He could not contact his girlfriend, who had left him for another man.
After an hour of talking with his friend Thanawat Kongchum, 29, Mr Kanaphot agreed to speak with his girlfriend on the phone – and to do so, to leave the dangerous position he had taken on the balcony.
Mr Thanawat said Mr Kanaphot and his girlfriend had a fight in Surat Thani but continued their journey together in Phuket.
However, the girlfriend later, without notice, boarded a flight back to Bangkok, leaving Mr. Kanaphot to pick her up on the island.