A French tourist has died after falling down a waterfall in the tourist hotspot of Koh Samui. The man has been named as 24-year-old Florian Bourdla, who was trekking a notoriously dangerous path along with friend Jeremy Marratche, 22.
The pair were found by police and rescue teams on the rocks near the base of the Na Muang Song waterfall. Bourdla was pronounced dead at the scene, while Marratche was taken to Bangkok Hospital Samui where he suffered broken bones in his wrist, rib cage, arms and hip.
It is believed rescue workers took more than two hours to find the pair, such was the danger and complexity of the rock-face.
Khaosod English reports that a local guide, Sommai Himthong, called the police after he heard loud screams coming from the waterfall. After walking to the scene, he found five tourists, who told him that one of the group had slipped and fallen.
Police have said that the area has a history of tourists having accidents when exploring. The paths leading to the falls can be steep or slippery in places so visitors are advised to wear some sturdy footwear and take care when walking.
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