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Irishman reportedly jumps to his death at Bangkok airport

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Sad: The man died following the incident at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport
Sad: The man died following the incident at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport

An Irishman has died after he reportedly jumped from a balcony at an airport in Bangkok.

According to reports, the 35-year-old man died after the incident outside the departure terminal of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport yesterday. 

The man, who is said to be from Northern Ireland, was found lying unconscious on the ground floor of the passenger terminal after leaping from a gate at the arrivals hall. 

Reports suggest he was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later. 

Police said the unnamed man was first seen attempting to jump off the terminal at approximately 1.30pm that day but was stopped by authorities. 

According to the Bangkok Post, he was taken to the tourist police office to be calmed down and reassured by airport staff.

Staff said he initially refused to speak but then revealed he didn't have any money for the flight home. Police asked for contact numbers of his relatives but he declined to provide them, Thai media reported.

He was quarantined for his own safety but keep leaving for cigarette breaks every ten minutes, police said. 

When staff failed to contact his relatives he asked to go for another cigarette break. While outside, he bolted to the elevated bridge between gates 3 and 4 and jumped about 15 meters to the ground, the Post reports. 

Thai media reported that airport staff are working in conjunction with the UK embassy to arrange for his body to be sent back to his hometown.

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