Soipov Abdullokh a tourist who went hiking with six Russian friends at Ngao Waterfall National Park, southern Thailand has fallen to his death while taking selfies at a waterfall.
It is gathered that the 22-year-old man from Uzbekistan and his friends had allegedly ignored the warning signs not to stand at the top of the waterfalls in the national park. He was reported to have slipped on the wet surface and fell to his death 50ft below.
His body was spotted among the sharp rocks at the bottom of the waterfall two hours later by the emergency services. He had suffered from a deep cut in his head and was declared dead at the scene and his body transferred to the Ranong Hospital for a post-death examination.
Upon questioning by the police, his friends, which included four men and two women, all said that he had stood on top of the waterfall to take selfies among the idyllic surroundings in the Waterfall.
Chalit Sinrojthanakorn, the head government officer for the national park, while speaking on the death of Soipov, said;
“As soon as we received the call we immediately coordinated with the rescue foundation and the police. The young foreign tourist and his friends rented motorbikes and travelled from Phuket to view the beautiful scenery. The deceased walked off the path set out by authorities to climb the waterfall. He then slipped on a rock and fell. His body crashed against the rocks below and he was bleeding through the mouth and nose. The death was very quick.”
According to the park ranger, Soipov had “violated” a ban on climbing the waterfall because he “wanted to take pictures”.
Reports from the Police also said that the tourist’s body has been sent to the hospital to confirm the cause of death and the Embassy of Uzbekistan has been informed.