PHUKET: A French tourist was seriously injured when he fell from a fifth-floor balcony at a hotel in Patong early this morning.
Rescue workers called to the Sea Sun Sand Resort & Spa at 2:50am found Jean-Noel Gregori, 26, with broken limbs and head injuries.
He was taken to Patong Hospital, but later transferred to Vachira Hospital Phuket for treatment of internal bleeding, said Patong Police Lt Col Pratuang Polmana.
Hotel staff told police that Mr Gregori had returned to the hotel with his traveling companion Turan Beytullan, 27, and that both had been drinking. None of the staff witnessed the incident.
Mr Gregori and Mr Beytullan had checked in for two weeks, from September 16-30, Col Pratuang said.
“We took Mr Beytullan to the police station for questioning,” he said.
“He was still in shock over the incident,” he added.