A 32-year-old Czech tourist has fallen to his death from a cliff at the Khun Si waterfall on Koh Samui after attempting to take a selfie in an off-limits section.
Local emergency teams retrieved the man’s body from a rock shelf about 30 metres below the top of the waterfall. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon, Bangkok Post reported.
The man, who was not named, had been travelling in a group of eight Czech tourists. They had arrived in Thailand on February 5 and went straight to Koh Samui in Surat Thani province where they rented scooters to drive around the island.
One of his travelling companions told Bo Put police that the man walked to the edge of the cliff to take a picture of himself, ignoring a no-entry sign.
“He was choosing the most beautiful angle for a selfie when he slipped and fell off the cliff,” the friend said. He landed with his face down on a partial rock shelf. Friends reached him in about five minutes and tried in vain to resuscitate him for 15 minutes.
In a recovering action lasting about three hours, police, soldiers and rescue workers carefully lifted the body back to the top of the cliff later that day. Rescue volunteers took his body to the morgue at Koh Samui Hospital.
The cliff was off-limits to visitors, Surat Thani tourism chief Samitasak Suttara said. However, some tourists regularly ignored the warning signs and entered the forbidden section anyway.
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