Mann spoke of jumping from the balcony of the hotel in Patong

PHUKET – An emotionally disturbed Bangkok man was persuaded not to jump from the sixth floor of a Patong hotel this morning (June 21).

Police were called to the scene at 11:30am, the Red Planet Patong Hotel at 200 Pi Rd Rat-U-Thit, opposite the Patong Post Office.

Lt. Col. Wuttiwat Liangboonjinda and other police officers, along with rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation, arrived to see the man perched precariously on the balcony railing of his sixth-floor room, his legs dangling over the side.

Officers tried to persuade the man to move to a safer position, but to no avail.

Patong disaster management officers also soon arrived and set up a large inflatable mattress in hopes that if the man jumped, he would land on it.

The man, Kanaphot Saiphet, 30, from Bangkok, said he wanted to jump. He couldn’t reach his girlfriend, who left him for another man.

After spending an hour speaking with friend Thanawat Kongchum, 29, Mr Kanaphot agreed to call his girlfriend – and do so to move away from the dangerous position he had occupied on the balcony.

Mr Thanawat said Mr Kanaphot and his girlfriend had an argument in Surat Thani but continued their trip to Phuket together.

However, the friend later boarded a flight back to Bangkok without notice, leaving Mr Kanaphot to search the island for her.

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