Sleepwalking girl, 5, miraculously survives 100ft drop from 11th floor of a high-rise hotel after climbing over a balcony
- The girl, five, named only as A, was filmed moments before the horror plunge
- Her father Decha Sookplum, 43, said she sleepwalked out of the hotel room
- She was locked out and climbed over a balcony at the Pattaya, Thailand hotel
A five-year-old girl miraculously survived a 100ft fall from the eleventh floor of a hotel after sleepwalking out of her room and climbing over a ledge.
The youngster’s father Decha Sookplum, 43, took his five-year-old daughter to a high school reunion party in Pattaya, Thailand and stayed overnight at D Varee Jomtien Beach Hotel.
Footage from the early hours of Sunday morning shows the girl, who was named only as A, wearing an orange shirt and navy shorts walking out her room on the twelth floor while the father was sleeping.
Her father had taken the girl, five, to a school reunion party in Pattaya, Thailand. She was filmed on CCTV climbing over the balcony of the D Varee Jomtien Beach Hotel after accidentally locking herself out of her room
The door slammed shut behind her and she was unable to get back into the room, before trying other rooms, which were also locked.
Shen then walked down the eleventh floor and made one last attempt to enter a room, where she was seen trying to push the door open.
CCTV shows how the youngster then walked towards the balcony and quickly climbed across the rail to try and go down.
But her slippery hands could not hold on.
She then plunged more than 100ft to the hard ground below. Hotel staff rushed to the place where they heard the loud noise from fall and found the unconscious girl.
She was immediately taken to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya in an ambulance. The father was woken by porters who told him about the accident and then took him to his daughter.
It is unclear whether the girl was sleepwalking at the time of the incident although her father claimed she didn’t realise she had left the room
The father, who is also the police officer at Srisaket province, said that he was not aware of his daughter’s behaviour and believed that she was just sleepwalking.
He said: ‘I didn’t know when or how long she left the room until the staff told me. I think she didn’t know she left the room until she woke up and tried every way to get back to me.’
The girl was seriously injured with a broken leg and arm and was transferred to ICU at Chonburi hospital yesterday accompanied by her father.
Prawit Choosing, Pattaya city police chief, said after checking CCTV that the incident occurred because of the child’s curiosity and lack of fear.
He said: ‘The child didn’t seem to hesitate before she climbed up to the balcony. But she also didn’t think that her reckless behaviour would cause her in trouble.
‘It is the parents’ duty to look after children very closely because they can be mischievous sometimes. Parents must be fully aware of this.’