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Teen prevented from jumping off Phuket bridge

Teen prevented from jumping off Phuket bridge

PHUKET: Quick action prevented another young man from jumping off one of the bridges joining Phuket with the mainland last night (Nov 16).


By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 17 November 2021, 03:33PM


Police at Tha Chatchai received a call from the young man’s parents, warning them that their son Kittsak (last name withheld), 19 years old, was on his way after calling his girlfriend to say goodbye, and to tell her that he was going to jump off one of the bridges.

Soon at the scene to assist officers were Panuphan Jindapol, Phu Yai Baan (village head) of Moo 5, Mai Khao, and rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Phuket Foundation stationed at the bridge, led by Acting Lt Wanlop Boonchan.

At about 8:10pm, the officers recognised Mr Kittisak and his motorbike from the description given by his parents. He had parked part-way along the Thao Srisoonthorn Bridge, leading off the island. They were able to intervene and restrain him from jumping off the bridge.

His parents arrived from the family home in Thai Mueang District, Phang Nga, soon after.

Mr Kittisak was taken into protective custody and transported to Takua Thung Hospital, in Phang Nga.

Two men already this month have jumped from a bridge at the north end of the island into the dangerous fast-moving water in the channel below. 

Piyanat Kamnerd, 25, from Takua Thung in Phang Nga, parked his motorbike halfway across the bridge leading onto Phuket and jumped into the water below last Saturday (Nov 13).

Rescue workers have been searching for him since.

Buncha Suksunit, also 25, a resident of Baan Pru Sompan in Moo 8, Tambon Thepkrasattri, in Phuket, parked his pickup truck halfway across Thao Srisoonthorn Bridge, leading off the island, and jumped over the side late on Nov 3.

The bodies of the two men have yet to be found.


If you or anyone you know is in dire need of emotional support and counselling, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand at their 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02-713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

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christysweet | 18 November 2021 - 13:26:02

It's not aerospace navigational  trigonometry that suicidal people are  in despair and asking for help. I doubt anyone would prefer death to relief, it's the path to such that eludes them. 

Wiesel | 18 November 2021 - 12:13:02

@John: stupid comment!! Sounds like you dont know tides and never have been there when waterlevel changes half meter in 1 hour. Go there at same conditions and jump to prove your swimming conditions. Good luck

JohnC | 18 November 2021 - 10:23:59

It is hard to understand why anyone contemplating suicide would choose to jump off Sarasin bridge when there are so many much surer ways to end it all if that is what they want to do. Water makes a pretty soft landing from such a low height. It will only kill you if you can't swim...

 

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