A tourist has died in a bungee jump accident at popular Patong beach on the Thai resort island of Phuket, local police have confirmed. The accident happened when a rope broke, though it is unclear whether the victim died at the scene or in the hospital to which he was rushed on the back of a pick-up truck.
A hospital official said the pick-up truck driver initially claimed the tourist had fainted. Not entirely convinced, doctors questioned the driver, who admitted that the tourist had fallen from a bungee jump. The driver then jumped back into his vehicle and sped off.
Patong police chief, Colonel Chaiwat Uikham rushed to the hospital with a squad of police and found the victim’s body, clad only black shorts, on a bed, local Thai Visa News reported. An X-ray showed he had broken his neck.
Police then checked the bungee jump machine, set in a field facing a large pool.
Colonel Chaiwat told reporters that after inspecting the scene, he found that a link between the rope binding the legs of the tourist and the elastic cable of the bungee jump “broke off while he was falling down, causing his body to fall to the ground”.
The victim was later identified as Abdullah Adel Kadhmbahman, 25, originally thought to be Ukrainian but then reported to be Kuwaiti.
Chaiwat said police are now investigating whether the death was due to accident or carelessness.
Written by Peter Needham