A Russian woman jumped from the 6th floor of a Phuket hotel while her 10-year-old daughter was safely sleeping on the 2nd floor in the same hotel.
A staff member of a hotel on Prachanukhro Rd reported the incident to police who, accompanied by rescue volunteers of the Kusoldharm Phuket Foundation, rushed to the scene at about 02:00 early Wednesday morning. Police declined to reveal the name of the hotel but said it was located in Phuket’s Patong subdistrict in Kathu district close to Patong Beach.
“When we arrived, we found a severely injured woman on the ground in front of the hotel,” deputy superintendent Pol Lt Col Jongserm Bricha told reporters later that day. “The knee joint of her left leg was broken. The bone of her right leg’s ankle had pierced through the skin and was bleeding profusely. She was barely conscious.”
Rescue workers took the woman to Patong Hospital. Meanwhile, police began their investigation. Pol Lt Tanon Mueangklaeo quickly identified the woman as Polina Tarasova, a 39-year-old tourist from the Tyumen region in Russia. She had been at the hotel for only two days and was due to check out on July 25, according to Pol Lt Col Jongserm.
The investigation team inspected the hotel’s rooftop and found a pair of slippers that the victim had left behind. When officers entered Ms Tarasova’s room on the 2nd floor of the hotel, they were surprised to find her young daughter alone and asleep. The tourist police took the scared 10-year-old to the Russian consulate in Phuket. Russian officials are looking after the little girl until her relatives can go and collect her.
Staff at the hotel where Ms Tarasova had been staying told police that they had seen her on the phone shortly before she jumped off the rooftop. “We were told that she was seen fighting with her boyfriend over the phone. However, the conversation was in Russian, so none of the employees understood what it was being said,” commented Pol Lt Col Jongserm.
Patong Hospital informed Pol Lt Col Jongserm that Ms Tarasova had passed away. Her death was pronounced at 06:30 early on Wednesday morning.
Police now believe that Ms Tarasova’s purposely jumped from the hotel roof: “We think she committed suicide due to personal problems with her partner,” Pol Lt Col Jongserm stated. “However, we are working with the hotel and intend to review their CCTV footage in order to progress with our investigation.”
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