A Russian tourist died after trying to climb into his hotel room when he forgot his keys – and falling on metal SPIKES.
The holidaymaker, who has not been identified, returned home in the early hour this morning and began trying to push open his door.
He then woke up the person in the room next door and ventured onto their fourth-floor balcony at apartment block in Pattaya at around 4am.
But the Russian – wearing shorts and flip-flops – slipped as he tried to climb into his room. He was heard screaming for help after landing on black metal railings in place to prevent guests climbing between rooms.
He desperately clung on as blood poured from his impaled leg down the front of the white building. Rescue workers arrived at 5am and used ropes to hold him up while giving him oxygen.
He was eventually cut free with the metal still stuck in his leg and lowered on a stretcher by a crane before being rushed to Pattaya City Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead a few hours later.
An onlooker said: ‘’I could hear him groaning very badly. He was in pain, very bad pain and panicking. The rescue team arrived quickly but because of the height it was difficult to get help to him.
‘’They had to use the machine and the position was awkward. It took about one hour to release him from the metal spikes.
‘’He did not have his key and tried pushing his own door open then went into another room. It was terrible to watch and hear him in pain.
‘’It’s sad, and it did not have to happen. He should have waited for the reception to open later in the morning and asked them for a new key.’’
Rescue workers from the Sawang Boromtham foundation performed the rescue. They said they received a call for help at 5am this morning in the Bang Lamung district of the city.
A spokesman said: ‘’The primary injuries were serious and the victim had suffered severe blood loss. The medical team provided close supervision. We will need to wait to find more information about the wounded man.’’
Police were not investigating as the man’s death as rescuers said it was not suspicious. Staff at apartment block where it happened did not release the name of the man.