Holidaymaker, 22, plunges 50ft to his death after 'ignoring warnings not to take selfies' at Thai waterfall
A TOURIST plunged 50ft to his death after slipping on rocks while taking a selfie at a waterfall.
Soipov Abdullokh, 22, allegedly ignored warning signs to avoid taking selfies at the Ngao Waterfall National Park in Ranong, Thailand.
The Uzbek national – stuck in Thailand due to coronavirus – had been hiking through the beauty-spot with six pals from Russia on Saturday morning.
Witnesses say he and pals walked out onto rocks atop of the 50ft fall for a "photoshoot," but slipped on wet rocks.
Local authorities described how the young man, reportedly a boat salesman plunged 50ft to his death, sliding down rocks to the bottom and crushing his skull.
Grim witness statements describe how the man's blood mixed with the flow turning the roaring river at the bottom red.
Due to the remote location, it took emergency services around two hours to arrive and remove the man'sbody, with the 22-year-old declared dead at the scene.
Thai cops reiterated the spot is dangerous and should not be climbed in any circumstances, adding signs were in place warning hikers not to walk on the rocks.
Chalit Sinrojthanakorn, head government officer for the national park said: "As soon as we received the call we immediately co-ordinated 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."
Authorities confirmed an autopsy will be carried out, and the Embassy of Uzbekistan has been informed.
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