Tourist falls 100ft to his death while posing for a photograph on waterfall

A tourist at a beauty spot on Thai Island, Koh Samui, has fallen to his death while posing for a picture on top of a 100ft waterfall.

32-year-old Jiri Barta from the Czech Republic travelled to tyhe Island on Thursday with a group of eight other holidaymakers, including one Briton, Metro reported.

The man shuffled to the edge of a cliff next to the Khun Sri waterfall while a friend took a photograph.

However he then lost his footing and plunged to his death in front of his horrified friends around 12pm.

Friends rushed down and desperately battled to resuscitate him without success.

Rescue workers arrived a short time later and he was pronounced dead at the scene before being taken to hospital for a post mortem examination.

He lost his footing and plunged to his death in front of his horrified friends at around 12pm. (Picture: Mercury)

According to the report, devastated friend Miss Romana Uassara, 30, said the group had arrived in Thailand on February 5 and they had rented five motorcycles to travel around the island.

She said: ‘We were just admiring the beauty of the waterfall and he walked over to the edge for a picture.

‘The edge is so steep and he fell onto his back. It took a long time for his body to hit the bottom. I don’t know why.

‘We went down and he was still alive. We tried to do CPR and asked for help from villagers in the neighbourhood.’

Boonchai Wannawatchanasuntorn of Koh Samui’s tourist police, said rescuers spent five hours negotiating the deadly terrain to retrieve the body.

He said: ‘There is a sign in both Thai and English barring people from entering, but tourists keep ignoring it.

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