Edward William Jacobs
A hiking trip to a waterfall ended deadly for an American tourist when he ignored all warning signs and ended up falling off a cliff.
Huai Khot Provincial Police Station was informed of an incident involving a dead tourist, Edward William Jacobs, by the Border Guards Force of the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve in Uthai Thani’s Thong Lang subdistrict on Friday at around 12:00.
Police and rescue workers rushed to the 20 kilometres far away Cyber Waterfall where the incident had taken place. The thick jungle and muddy paths made it difficult for officers and rescuers to reach the scene.
As the group arrived, they immediately found the 38-year-old wife of the deceased, Mrs Nantana Jacobs, still in shock and weeping over the events that had just taken place. “She told us exactly what has happened,” Pol Capt Jarun said to the press.
“According to her, both of them were climbing around the mountainous area and soon arrived at the Cyber Waterfall,” he quoted Mrs Jacobs. Even though multiple signs in English and Thai had been put up that warned visitors not to go any further, Mr Jacobs continued to climb onto the circa 20-metres high Cyber Waterfall.
“He climbed all the way to the top. When he walked a few steps, he suddenly slipped on the wet ground,” Pol Capt Jarun said. His wife, who had stayed behind, only heard a loud scream and then the traumatising sound of the impact.
It took rescue divers almost four hours to find the body of Mr Jacobs and recovered him. Am emergency physician from Huai Khok Hospital noted that the body temperature had dropped significantly. A 10-centimetre deep wound on the fractured skull with massive loss of blood was concluded as a presumed cause of death.
The Cyber Waterfall is a popular sightseeing spot in the area among tourists, Pol Capt Jarun said. Even though most visitors follow the warning signs, some ignore them and risk their lives by climbing to a higher level. However, luckily, accidents resulting in death remain rare.
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