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Patong police and charity foundation workers examine the scene of the plunge

Phuket Balcony Plunge Tourist is Named

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
UPDATE

The man was named as Peter Ullrich on Thursday, after relatives had been notified. A police report notes no suspicious circumstances. Swiss Embassy officials are awaiting instructions as to whether Mr Ullrich will be cremated.

Original Report

PHUKET POLICE are questioning a Thai woman after a long-stay tourist from Europe plunged to his death from a Patong balcony today.

Officers have determined that the man, from Switzerland, fell four storeys from a balcony soon after taking a telephone call on his mobile about 9am

Phuketwan has been given the man's name but is withholding publication until the Swiss Embassy and relatives in Switzerland have been notified.

He was 65, police have established, and had a heart condition. The fall took place at an apartment block near the Patong temple and the t-intersection turning towards Patong beach.

The man fell onto a grassed area, breaking his neck.

The woman being questioned is the man's Thai wife, named as Piyamas Kongka 34. The couple shared the 20,000 baht a month apartment.

She told police they had been together for about two months. She worked in a bar but stopped working and became a housewife after they fell in love.

Her ''husband'' took medicine every day for a heart condition and suffered from dizziness when at a height, she said.

Khun Piyamas told police that she had been cooking when the man fell.

The balcony, at the rear of the apartment, did not have a high rail, police said. The dead man was tall, photos taken at the scene show.

He was only wearing shorts when he fell to his death.
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A lot of these falls lately... like a new fashion or something.

Posted by Lena on September 7, 2010 14:15

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Just curious, why is the apartment rent amount mentioned?

Posted by Lee on September 7, 2010 16:10

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Very sad RIP

Posted by Lord Jim on September 7, 2010 16:15

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I know this is tragic news but I just can't stop myself from pulling this killer line out of the story: " She worked in a bar but stopped working and became a housewife after they fell in love. "

Priceless :o) Now just add "...and they lived happily ever after..."

Posted by Jake on September 7, 2010 23:31

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This is tragic. It seems that we are an awfully uncoordinated lot, depressed and constantly falling. Amazed that we can walk down the street without tripping. Pattaya has long had a "flying club." It seems as if Patong is fast developing one and plunges are on the rise.

Not to cast any aspersions but I wonder what the % of suicides and falls is among foreign males who live alone and those who have a helper err, helpmate with them at the time. Again, tragic story just amazed at the frequency of such a seemingly unlikely event, almost as unlikely as marrying someone who worked in a bar and you knew less that two months.

Posted by Ya Think Doctor? on September 8, 2010 08:36

Editor Comment:

And the lesson is: avoid bars and balconies.

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especially avoid bars with balconies . . . and live alone.

Posted by Ya Think Doctor? on September 8, 2010 09:43


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