Heartbroken Issan man threatens suicide jump

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A drunk Issan man heartbroken by his girlfriend threatened to commit suicide by jumping from a mobile phone tower in Pattaya.

Jeeraphan Phomkot, 25, of Chaiyaphum Province, had climbed up the 60-meter tower behind the Bird Inn on Soi Bongkot 18 by the time police, the fire department and medics arrived Jan. 16.

Rescue crews deployed an air mattress and readied a fire department extended ladder and basket, and an ambulance.

The Kaset Sombun District native told police his 26-year-old girlfriend had left him, throwing him into drunken despair. Police obtained the woman’s number and called her, asking her to come to the scene. All the while, Jeeraphan kept faking that he was going to jump.

Jeeraphan Phomkot threatened to commit suicide by jumping from a mobile phone tower in Pattaya.Jeeraphan Phomkot threatened to commit suicide by jumping from a mobile phone tower in Pattaya.

Rescuers climbed the aerial and talked to the despondent man for about an hour before he agreed to come down after his ex-girlfriend arrived.

Once on the ground, he hugged the woman and apologized for causing a disturbance.