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Aussie tourist injured after fall from Phuket hotel balcony

Aussie tourist injured after fall from Phuket hotel balcony

PHUKET: A 66-year-old Australian man on holiday in Phuket is in hospital after falling from a third-floor balcony at a hotel in Patong just after midnight early this morning (Feb 23).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 23 February 2016, 01:54PM

Staff at the Charm Resort Hotel, on the Patong beach read, called police at 25 minutes after midnight, reporting that a guest had been injured.

The man, Johann Petschauer, had apparently fallen from his hotel room balcony and crashed through a glass panel in the roof onto the tiles in hotel kitchen.

Mr Petschauer was rushed to hospital.

“He was conscious and talking when he was taken to hospital,” Maj Anukul Nookaid of the Kathu Police.

“He had cuts and bruises, but hopefully his injuries were not serious,” he added.

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Mr Petschauer and his partner, Ms Jacqi Lilian Spencer, checked into the hotel on February 19 and were due to check out on February 26, Maj Anukul said.

“We were told that before the incident, Jacqi was inside their room while Johann went out on the balcony with two drinks in his hand,” he explained.

“Jacqi said that she thought it was an accident, and that he probably sat on the railing but slipped and fell.”

Maj Anukul noted that the balcony railing is 130cm tall.

“We checked the railing, and it remains sturdy, so we don’t think that was a factor,” he added.

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