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Australian tourist, 19, falls to his death in Thailand; Paripas Patong Resort Phuket: Joshua Connell

Australian tourist, 19, plunges six floors of hotel pool to his death in Phuket, as locals say they thought roof had exploded

  • Joshua James Connell, 19, from Canberra fell to his death from roof in Thailand
  • Backpacker was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead shortly after
  • Shocked local residents heard a loud thud and found Mr Connell on the tin roof of a cafe

A teenage Australian tourist has been found dead after falling six stories from the roof of a hotel in Thailand.

Joshua James Connell, 19, from Canberra, was seen on CCTV footage on Thursday walking along a wall at the side of the pool at Paripas Patong Resort in Phuket.

Footage shows him throwing his hands in the air while crawling balancing on a narrow white rail.

However, the young backpacker slipped when he reached the end of the railing and plunged about 15 meters to his death.

Connell was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after from serious injuries sustained in the fall.

Australian tourist Joshua James Connell, 19, who was found dead after falling six floors in Phuket, Thailand

Australian tourist Joshua James Connell, 19, who was found dead after falling six floors in Phuket, Thailand

CCTV shows Australian tourist Joshua James Connell, 19, walking along a wall at the side of the pool

CCTV shows Australian tourist Joshua James Connell, 19, walking along a wall at the side of the pool

Footage shows him throwing his hands in the air while crawling balancing on a narrow white railing

Footage shows him throwing his hands in the air while crawling balancing on a narrow white railing

Shocked locals heard a loud thud and found Mr Connell on the tin roof of a cafe below the hotel around 5:45 PM local time.

Resident Ning Tanyaporn said: ‘I had just opened my shop and I heard a loud clap of thunder. I thought a car had crashed or there was an explosion in their kitchen.

“People gathered around the restaurant and saw the foreign man on the roof. He was unconscious, so someone called an ambulance. Everyone was shocked that he fell and died.”

Police Lieutenant Colonel Kokiat Boonplod said officers had received the distress call about a foreign man who had fallen from a hotel.

They arrived at the scene shortly after 5:50 PM and Mr Connell was rushed to hospital where he was confirmed dead.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Kokiat, who is leading the investigation, said: The deceased fell from the hotel next to the restaurant, wearing shorts and no shirt.

“The roof of the restaurant hut was shattered and there were several tiles on the floor. The deceased’s legs were twisted and he had injuries to his head.’

Joshua was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after due to serious injuries sustained in the fall

Joshua was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after due to serious injuries sustained in the fall

Shocked residents heard a loud thud and found Joshua on the tin roof of a cafe below the hotel around 5:45 PM local time (pictured)

Shocked residents heard a loud thud and found Joshua on the tin roof of a cafe below the hotel around 5:45 PM local time (pictured)

The policeman said officers had viewed CCTV footage from the hotel and did not believe anyone else was involved in the death.

Officers are now interviewing hotel staff about Mr Connell’s behavior leading up to the incident and why he climbed the wall.

His body is undergoing an autopsy at Patong Hospital. Police have informed the Australian embassy who are in contact with Joshua’s family.

Patong is Phuket’s liveliest area and home to the province’s vibrant 24-hour adult nightlife.

Last month on May 17, Australian Billy James Simmons, 22, also died from a hotel on the same island.

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