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Chinese tourist dies in fall after rooftop party at luxury Phuket villa

PHUKET: A Chinese tourist on holiday in Phuket with friends has died in what appears to have been a deadly rooftop plunge after a late-night party at a luxury villa in Kamala.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 22 February 2018, 05:41PM

Friends staying at the villa woke late today (Feb 22) to find the body of their friend and compatriot Gao Zhiyu, 30, from Yunnan Province in China, on the ground beside the high-set hillside villa.

Lt Col Somnuek Damkaew of the Kamala Police was consequently notified of the incident at 1pm.

Mr Gao was staying at the villa with two other men and three women, one of whom was his girlfriend, said Maj Eakkachai Siri of Phuket Tourist Police.

“They checked in to the villa on Tuesday (Feb 20) and were to check out on Saturday (Feb 24),” Maj Eakkachai said.

“Last night they held a party on the villa rooftop, which is about 20 metres above the ground,” he said.

“In the early morning, at about 1:40am, his friends went back to their rooms while Mr Gao stayed outside smoking alone,” Maj Eakkachai added.

“No one knew what had happened. His friends thought that Mr Gao went back to his room,” he said.

“His girlfriend woke up late this morning, but couldn’t find him, so they all started looking for him. Finally they saw Mr Gao’s body on the ground,” Maj Eakkachai explained.

“At this stage we believe that Mr Gao fell from the rooftop while he was smoking, or he might have jump downed to land in the pool, but missed.

“We are continuing our investigation,” Maj Eakkachai noted.



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aussie1 | 23 February 2018 - 12:24:43

Why is there no safety railing.
20 meters above ground.
The builder and local government should be held accountable for this avoidable death.

marcher | 22 February 2018 - 22:07:08

2 Chinese tour bus crashes, one dies in the underpass and then this, and the week has not even ended. Surprised no Chinese have drowned yet this week. Just incredible that their embassy do not put a ban on any Chinese coming to Phuket

Kurt | 22 February 2018 - 19:06:44

Many times Phuket roof tops are something. Inviting foreigners to fly.
But even after, sometimes, using mind spiriting substances you still can not fly.
So sad for left behinds family and friends to experience.
And a pool jump when you are alone, without jump experience?
That either is not advisable.
Don't go 'in extreme' during your holidays.
Condolences to family in China.

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