23 May 2024

A Chinese woman, who was rescued by park officials in Ubon Ratchathani after a fall from a cliff about five years ago, returned to the park on Saturday to thank the people who saved her life.

According to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Wang Nan visited the Phataem National Park office in Khong Chiam district to thank the park’s chief, Pramuan Rattanawan, and his officials for their help in saving her life.

Photo: Phataem National Park

Wang Nan and her husband visited the national park on June 9th, 2019. While standing at the Alexander the Great cliff viewpoint, she fell into the ravine, about 34 metres below. She had been pushed by her husband to claim her inheritance.

Fortunately, however, several trees broke her fall, which would otherwise have been fatal. A rescue team from the park was rushed to her rescue and took her to the district hospital for emergency treatment.

Photo: Phataem National Park

Wang Nan suffered a broken left leg, a broken left hand, two broken knee caps, a broken pelvis and collar bone and had bruises all over her face. She was also found to be about three months pregnant and she suffered a miscarriage as a result of the fall.

She later told Thai police that she was pushed from the cliff by her husband, which resulted in his arrest when he visited her in hospital in Ubon Ratchathani. He was subsequently charged with attempted murder.

The Criminal Court found him guilty, sentenced him to life in prison and fined him 5.8 million baht. The sentence was reduced to 10 years in prison by the Appeals Court. The Supreme Court, finally, sentenced him to 33 years and four months.