An American tourist died of electrocution after leaning against a metal marquee pole in Pattaya, Chon Buri province.
Andrey Bessonov, 47, had been on holiday in Pattaya when he took a boat trip to the neighbouring island of Koh Larn on January 12. The group returned at around 19:30 at the Bali Hai Pier where Mr Bessonov stood under a marquee tent before leaning against a metal pole.
To everyone’s shock, Mr Bessonov was suddenly electrocuted when the skin of his arm touched the metal. Police believed the fatal accident had been caused by loose wiring coming from a power generator nearby.
Shortly later, rescue workers arrived at Bali Hai Pier and began to administer CPR in front of dozens of upset tourists. However, Mr Bessonov did not respond to the resuscitation attempts and was pronounced dead on arrival when he reached Pattaya Memorial Hospital.
Tanawat Khenkoon, who was nearby when the incident occurred, witnessed the shocking scene: ‘’The man had been on a boat and was just standing against a pole. He then suddenly dropped to the floor and his body went into convulsions.”
Mr Tanawat described the initial confusion and helplessness of the situation: “Nobody knew what had happened or what to do.” When the ambulance finally arrived, Mr Bessonov’s pulse was already gone.
In the aftermath of the unexpected accident, one of the rescue workers pointed out several cables without proper isolation which caused the metal pole to conduct with static electricity. “It’s sad,” eyewitness Mr Tanawat said. “One minute ago, he was alive and enjoyed his holiday – and now he is gone. It could have been anybody that touched the pole.”
Police cordoned off the section of the pier and cut the electricity supply to protect the other tourists while they inspected the scene and investigated what had caused the accident. Rescue workers of the Sawang Boriboon Foundation said the area remained inaccessible until the deadly issue has been fixed.
Pattaya Police officially confirmed the death and were still investigating the fatal accident.
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