Friday 22 September 2017

Man fights for life after Thai plunge

Robbie Robinson
Robbie Robinson
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

AN Irishman remains on life support in hospital following a horror fall from the fourth floor of a building in Thailand.

The accident occurred last Friday after he had spent the evening socialising with some friends in Bangkok.

Robbie Robinson (32), from Ashford, Co Wicklow, had been living in Christchurch, New Zealand, for a number of years.

He recently spent a month visiting the family home in Ireland, but stopped over in the Thai capital with some friends, on his way back to New Zealand.

It is believed the tragedy occurred when he attempted to climb up on to his apartment balcony after he realised he had left his keys inside the building.

He may have lost his footing before plunging several metres to the ground.

He was subsequently rushed to hospital, where he has undergone a number of brain scans.

His mother Martina, stepfather Pat Fox, and twin siblings Keith and Kim have flown out and are holding a vigil at his bedside.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said contact was being maintained with the family through Ireland's honourary consul in Thailand.

A church vigil took place in St Fergal's Church, Bray, Co Wicklow last week and local priest Fr Larry Behan said: "We have been praying for him here.

"Last Saturday evening there were a lot of his family and friends at the Mass . . . he's very popular in the area."

Irish Independent

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