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Pattaya: British pensioner to the rescue as Thai man makes suicide leap

 

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Thai caption: I could only grab his shirt

 
A 70 year old British tourist rushed to the aid of a Thai man who was about to jump from a pedestrian bridge in Pattaya yesterday evening. 
 
David Baxter, 70, just managed to get the Thai man's collar but was unable to stop him falling. 
 
Fortunately, 45 year old Bunthiang was not badly hurt as he fell on grass. 
 
He was taken to Bang Lamung Hospital with chest pains. 
 
Mr Baxter told reporters that he had seen the man about to jump and ran to his aid. He grabbed him but was not in time to stop him falling. 
 
He showed a handful of the man's collar that had torn off.
 
The incident happened on a pedestrian overpass near the junction of Sukhumvit Road and Central Pattaya. 
 
Earlier yesterday morning the same man was seen on the bridge and was talked round by rescue services who feared he was going to jump. He went home after that. 
 
77kaoded said the man was suffering from a skin disease that has caused him to be stigmatized by society. 
 
They speculated that his inability to get work due to the diease had led to the suicide attempt. 
 
Source: 77kaoded
 
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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Earlier yesterday morning the same man was seen on the bridge and was talked round by rescue services who feared he was going to jump. He went home after that. 

Wow, the mental health system here is one to be envious of. Not.

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4 hours ago, Wiggy said:

Wow, the mental health system here is one to be envious of. Not.

In the UK Care in the Community allows some of the mentally ill to roam unfettered against their best interests and those of the general public.

In the US the mentally ill can buy assault weapons and kill and maim people at school, at worship, shopping and just out spending time enjoying themselves.

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Strange that most suicide stories here carry a Samaritans tail. Why not this one? 

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Thai people don't understand mental heath. You are either ba or mai ba.

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9 hours ago, Wiggy said:

Wow, the mental health system here is one to be envious of. Not.

Second to none !

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More concerning is the issue of physical discrimination in the society... 

 

can’t comment on the mental health system but sure don’t see many crazy people like the West...could have something to do with keeping mentally ill people suppressed in their home village or in an institution...

 

cheap shirt...

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14 hours ago, Wiggy said:

Wow, the mental health system here is one to be envious of. Not.

 

9 hours ago, champers said:

In the UK Care in the Community allows some of the mentally ill to roam unfettered against their best interests and those of the general public.

In the US the mentally ill can buy assault weapons and kill and maim people at school, at worship, shopping and just out spending time enjoying themselves.

 

5 hours ago, SteveK said:

Thai people don't understand mental heath. You are either ba or mai ba.

 

4 hours ago, hotchilli said:

Second to none !

He wasn't suffering from mental health issues!  Why are so many posters claiming that he was?...

"77kaoded said the man was suffering from a skin disease that has caused him to be stigmatized by society. 

They speculated that his inability to get work due to the diease had led to the suicide attempt". 
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