Geoffroy Charles Raymond De Vos
Dramatic scenes took place at a hotel in Hua Hin late on Friday night. A Belgian man threatened to commit suicide and throw himself from the roof – and he carried out his threat.
A convoy of police officers, tourist police, rescue workers and officials from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation were seen tearing through Hua Hin traffic deafening the local population and lighting up the night with their blazing blue and red lights. Their destination was the Hisea Huahin Hotel on Naebkehardt Rd close to the beach and where a dramatic scene was later to unfold.
“Staff at the Hisea Huahin Hotel hotel alerted us that there was a foreign man on the rooftop who was on the verge of jumping off the building,” said Pol Lt Col Samoe Yusamran, Deputy Superintendent of Hua Hin Provincial Police. He was informed of the incident at around 23:00 on Sunday.
Arriving at the scene, officials spotted a man sitting on the railing on the roof’s edge with his legs dangling down on the side. “He looked extremely nervous,” Pol Lt Col Samoe remembered.
The man was identified as 31-year-old Belgian, Geoffroy Charles Raymond De Vos by a friend. Together with police officers, the friend tried to calm Mr De Vos down and talk him out of jumping, but he kept yelling and did not allow anyone to approach him.
“We realised that he was determined to jump. That’s why I asked officers from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation to deploy an inflatable bag, in case Mr De Vos carried out his threat,” Pol Lt Col Samoe told reporters. “We also cordoned off the road around the hotel.”
After about three hours, the man seemed exhausted and kept biting his fingernails. He suddenly stood up, climbed over the railing and threw himself off the eight-storey building. The inflatable bag did not save his life. Mr De Vos hit the ground three metres left of the bag, shocking the crowd of bystanders who had been watching the dramatic scenes unfold.
Rescue workers hurried to the fatally injured man and administered first aid. An ambulance that had been standing by rushed him to Hua Hin Hospital. However, he was pronounced dead on arrival.
After briefly investigating the case, Pol Lt Col Samoe learned that Mr De Vos arrived at the hotel by car, a white Toyota Fortuner, license plate กฉ 9332 from Prachuap Khiri Khan. Police found the vehicle parked close to the hotel.
Investigators are now in the process of finding out what caused Mr De Vos to take his life. According to police, the victim and his friends had jointly invested in a restaurant called “B Fox Modern & Fusion Food ” which is located in Naresdamri Rd.
However, the business had recently run into severe financial problems. In addition, a multimillion-baht house Mr De Vos had just bought had run into difficulties over the transfer of ownership.
The Belgian Embassy and Mr Vos’s family have been notified of the tragic event. Pathologists will conduct a post-mortem examination at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Bangkok.
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