Man rescued by monk from jumping off Sattahip telephone tower

Sattahip –

A man has been rescued by a monk after trying to jump from a telephone tower in Sattahip last night (May 24th).

The Sattahip Police were notified of the incident at 9:30 P.M. at a telephone tower in front of the Samakkee Banpot Temple in Bang Saray.

They and The Pattaya News arrived at the scene to find a Thai man, 54, who is a police volunteer, on the 25 meter telephone tower in a state of emotional distress. His name was withheld per editorial policy.

A monk who goes only by his first name of Kasem from the local temple nearby talked to the man on a mobile phone for half an hour before the man agreed to climb down from the telephone tower.

The man’s son told The Pattaya News, “My father likes to drink alcohol heavily every day. During this Covid -19 situation he is very nervous as he doesn’t have enough money to pay his bills. He is willing to be ordained as a monk which is what some of the conversation was between him and Kasem over the phone.”

If you or anyone you know is in need of mental health services, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand at their 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.