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Pattaya: British pensioner to the rescue as Thai man makes suicide leap

A 70 year old British tourist rushed to the aid of a Thai man who was about to jump from a pedestrian bridge in Pattaya yesterday evening.  

David Baxter, 70, just managed to get the Thai man’s collar but was unable to stop him falling.  Fortunately, 45 year old Bunthiang was not badly hurt as he fell on grass.  He was taken to Bang Lamung Hospital with chest pains.  Mr Baxter told reporters that he had seen the man about to jump and ran to his aid. He grabbed him but was not in time to stop him falling.  He showed a handful of the man’s collar that had torn off. The incident happened on a pedestrian overpass near the junction of Sukhumvit Road and Central Pattaya.  Earlier yesterday morning the same man was seen on the bridge and was talked round by rescue services who feared he was going to jump.

He went home after that.  77kaoded said the man was suffering from a skin disease that has caused him to be stigmatized by society.  They speculated that his inability to get work due to the diease had led to the suicide attempt.  

Thai Visa /  77kaoded

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