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03 November 2012 :: 15:11:53 pm 68189

Broke Elderly Brit Makes Fatal Leap in Phuket

A 64-year-old British tourist killed himself by jumping from a radio tower in Phuket after he ran out of money. The man refused police requests to come back down. After claiming the British embassy was too slow in helping him, he leaped to his death.
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PHUKET – November 2, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]: In front of police and rescue officers below, an elderly British man jumped to his death from a radio broadcasting pole, located behind the tourist police station on Yaowaraj Rd, Taladyai, Muang, Phuket. Rushing to assist the man after his fatal leap were police officers from the Muang Phuket police station and the rescue team from Kusolatham foundation Phuket.

The suicide victim was identified as Mr. Karwell Gennet, age 64, nationality British. The impact of the fall had broken the victim’s neck, back and both arms and left bruises on his head. The rescue team sent the body to Wachira Phuket hospital for an autopsy.

While investigating, the police discovered that Mr. Karwell had arrived in Phuket on October 6, and had stayed at a hotel until October 29. The hotel checked his bill and asked for payment. But Mr. Karwell had run out of money. He explained to hotel staff that he was waiting for relatives in Britain to send him more money. But the hotel evicted him.

Mr. Karwell had no money for food or lodging and asked the British embassy for help. However, he had to wait for assistance while his request was being processed. Mr. Karwell had one-month tourist visa set to expire on November 5. Meanwhile, the Phuket tourist police invited him to stay at the tourist police station while he was waiting for the cooperation from the embassy. They gave him a place to sleep and fed him.

However, without anyone noticing, Mr. Karwell went to the back of the police station and climbed up the radio broadcasting pole. When he reached the height of 30 meters, he began shouting, which attracted the attention of people. The police and rescue officers asked him to climb down the pole, but he refused.

Mr. Karwell told them he was British, and he came to travel in Phuket. But he ran out of his money, and had asked the embassy for help. But they did not help him, and he had been waiting more than two weeks. Then Mr. Karwell jumped off the tower.

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