Ross Anthony Mobbs
A 30-year-old tourist from New Zealand died late Monday night after he fell from the fourth floor balcony of a Bangkok hotel.
Ross Anthony Mobbs, 30, was found by hotel employees lying face down on the terrace of the Chillax Resort. Leading the investigation is Deputy Investigator, Pol Capt Utai Wangtan from Chanasongkhram Police Station, who informed the Thai media that the incident was reported at around 23:50 on Monday night.
Police and Poh Tek Tung rescue volunteers arrived at the Chillax Resort, a five-storey building in Soi Samsen 2, only a stone’s throw away from the popular backpacker centre Khao San Road in Bangkok’s Phra Nakon district. “There was nothing we could do, ” Pol Capt Utai said. “He was already dead.”
According to Chanasongkhram police, the accident was most likely the result of a drinking binge. “Mr Mobbs had been drinking with three of his friends in room 420 on the fourth floor,” Pol Capt Utai told Manager Online. Later, he decided to call it a night and return to his room. However, instead of leaving the hotel room via the door, Mr Mobbs decided to climb over the balcony railings of 420 to get to his own room, 422. What might have started out as high spirits fuelled by alcohol, turned into tragedy: Mr Mobbs lost his grip on the railings and was unable to pull himself up onto his own balcony. He plummeted four stories to the ground and died on impact.
Police are now trying to reconstruct the night’s events based on the testimonies of the victim’s friends. A thorough medical examination has been scheduled to confirm the cause of death. The New Zealand Embassy has been notified of the accident.
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- September 1, 2016: "Kiwi’s Fatal Balcony Fall Near Khaosan Road Ruled Accidental" ( khaosodenglish.com )