A 33-year-old British man tragically lost his life when the parachute he was using malfunctioned after jumping from a condominium complex in Pattaya.
The tragedy took place on Saturday, January 27th, at an unspecified condominium complex in the Naklua sub-district of the Banglamung district, Chonburi province. Pattaya police and emergency responders swiftly arrived at the scene following a report received around 7:30 PM.
There, authorities found the lifeless body of a 33-year-old British national (name withheld pending family permission) sprawled on the ground near the condominium’s exit. The victim had suffered fatal injuries while clutching a blue parachute, which the police suspected he had deployed in a failed attempt to slow his descent. Authorities covered the body with a white sheet before transporting him to a nearby hospital.
During an interview with the condominium clerk, 33-year-old Mr. Kanet, it was revealed that the victim and his friends had gained unauthorized access to the premises, parking their car outside before scaling the building for a daring parachute descent. The entire incident was captured on video by a friend on the ground and another on the rooftop. Neither the victim nor his friends were residents at the condo nor had they sought permission from the condo management to perform the stunt.
Tragically, the parachute malfunctioned, causing the victim to collide with a tree before plummeting to the ground. Mr. Kanet confirmed that the deceased had attempted similar clandestine parachute jumps from the complex on multiple previous occasions.
Police are currently investigating the incident, reviewing the video footage, and questioning witnesses to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the victim’s death. His family is being notified, and the British Embassy is being contacted to assist with repatriation arrangements.
Pattaya rescue teams and authorities warned the public that such stunts could be hazardous to one’s health and not to attempt similar stunts in the future.