Tourist falls to his death trying to selfie over Thai waterfall

A French tourist has died while trying to take a selfie at a Thai waterfall, tourist police say.

The accident occurred while 33-year-old Bastien Palmier was at Na Mueang 2 waterfall on the tropical island of Koh Samui, renowned for its idyllic white-sand beaches.

The French tourist was with a friend, Thomas Mechin, who said he slipped and fell when trying to take a selfie at the beauty spot on 14 November, according to local police.

Authorities said that the area is roped off and that there is a clear sign warning visitors about the precarious perch — but Palmier, 33, was undeterred.

Mechin told police that he had “warned Palmier to stay, but he didn’t listen.”

“Tourists should not enter the prohibited area, as the park officers have closed it off for the safety of visitors,” Lieutenant Phuvadol Viriyavarangkul told AFP.

“We believe that this death was an accident caused by the tourist violating the restricted area.

“His friend told us that the victim wanted to take a selfie at the waterfall so he crossed over the barrier.”

Viriyavarangkul added that it took police and rescue workers several hours to retrieve the body due to the waterfall’s slippery and steep terrain. Palmier was pronounced dead at the scene.

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