British Skydiver Plunges to Death Near Pattaya

British Skydiver Plunges to Death Near Pattaya

A 69-year-old British expat plunged to his death from a plane Wednesday afternoon while taking part in a skydive with the Thai Sky Adventures diving centre located in Sri Racha district near Pattaya.
The victim has been identified as James McConnell, an experienced Scottish skydiver with reportedly over 40 years of experience and a “much loved member of the skydiving community in Pattaya.”

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Songkran Road Toll 2017 – 390 Killed in “Seven Dangerous Days”

Songkran Road Toll 2017 - 390 Killed in 7 Dangerous Days

Songkran isn’t even over in some parts of the country but the official counting period for road deaths, accidents and injuries over the “seven dangerous days” of the week-long Songkran holiday period has already come to an end.
So with yet another ambitious road safety campaign in place and following a record 442 people killed last year over Songkran, could the daily road death count be substantially reduced this year? As usual, don’t hold your breath.

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Thailand No. 1 in Motorbike Accident Deaths Worldwide

Experts at a conference promoting a motorcycle safety campaign have said that Thailand is no. 1 in the world in motorcycle accident deaths, with 5,500 bike riders dying annually on Thailand’s roads.
As a result, they have now called on Thai motorcycle manufacturers to use available technology to limit speeds to 90 kilometers per hour.

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Swiss Expat Drowns in Communal Swimming Pool in Pattaya

In some kind of bizarre freak accident, a Swiss national reportedly drowned whilst cleaning a communal swimming pool in a small housing estate in Pattaya. The 58-year-old expat, identified as Mr Peter Heinz Ballmann, was pronounced dead at the scene at around 3 p.m. on Sunday and left the victim’s Thai wife “devastated.” Continue Reading

Foreigner Making Video Call Hit, Killed by Russian Motorist

An unidentified young foreign tourist thought be a Russian national was hit and killed by a fellow Russian motorist as he crossed Jomtien Beach Road making a video call on his phone. The fatal accident happened opposite The Now Hotel on Jomtien Beach Road just before 3 a.m. on Sunday. The yet unidentified victim carried… Continue Reading

Russian Tourist Hit, Killed by Foreigner Riding Ducati Superbike

We’re certain it’s not completely new to you that pedestrians aren’t always safe on the streets of Pattaya. So the following story may just serve as an extreme reminder that you should always keep an eye on the traffic before crossing a road in Thailand. This rule doesn’t apply just during heavy daytime traffic but… Continue Reading

Russian Tourist Crashes Motorcycle As He Chases Necklace Snatchers

A 40-year-old Russian tourist crashed his rented motorcycle in heavy rain just after midnight on Sunday after he had his gold necklace snatched by two drive-by thieves and he gave chase to the two suspects. Luckily Mr Andrei Ananev and his wife, who was riding pillion, were both only slightly injured after they lost control… Continue Reading

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