Lin Kwang Yao
A member of a Taiwanese group tour lost his life in Chiang Rai province in the early morning of April 14 after he plummeted from the balcony of his hotel room.
The man, identified as 56-year-old Lin Gwangyao from Taiwan, was travelling with 20 other fellow countrymen through Thailand’s northern provinces, Pol Lt Col Phadungphon Kitchanaphaibun from Chiang Rai Provincial Police Station said to Khaosod.
After visiting Chiang Mai, the group had just arrived in Chiang Rai Wednesday evening and checked into a hotel in the city centre. Mr Lin was sharing a room on the third floor with a friend and went out the same night to purchase beer from a store nearby.
The two drank several beers together until his roommate went to bed while Mr Lin continued drinking alone. When he woke up in the morning, he discovered his friend’s body lying on the concrete ground below the room’s balcony.
Pol Lt Col Phadungphon and paramedics from Chiang Rai Prachanukroh arrived on the scene after being notified at around 7:00. Medics found out Mr Lin had broken his neck from the fall and saw blood coming out of the ears.
An investigation into why the Taiwanese fell from the building is currently being conducted. Pol Lt Col Phadungphon said Mr Lin probably plummeted from the balcony as he was smoking a cigarette outside. The fact that he was drunk might also have contributed to the accident, Pol Lt Col Phadungphon said.
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