Chinese woman reunites with Thai rescuers after surviving fall from cliff

Photo courtesy of the Pha Taem National Park Office

A heartfelt reunion took place at the Pha Taem National Park office in Kong Chiam District, Ubon Ratchathani. Wang Nan, a 37-year-old Chinese woman, met the four national park officials WHO saved her after she was pushed off a cliff by her husband in 2019.

Wang’s tears flowed in gratitude as she hugged each of the four rescuers, Pairote Phew-oon, Sakulthai Chansook, Sorawit Mingman and Sataporn Phima. They were the ones who responded when she urgently needed help after falling 110 feet (34 meters) from a cliff, a fall that she and her then-unborn baby miraculously survived, thanks to the trees that broke the fall.

This horrific incident occurred on June 9, 2019, when Wang, then three months pregnant, and her husband, Yu Xiaodong, visited the cliff, known for its rock paintings, near Pha Taem Viewpoint. It was supposed to be a peaceful sunrise, but it turned into a nightmare when her husband allegedly pushed her off the cliff. Wang suffered multiple fractures to her left thigh, left arm, left collarbone, hipbone and knees.

Her cries for help were heard by a Thai tourist, who immediately alerted park officials. The four rescuers mentioned earlier provided her with first aid before rushing her to Kong Chiam District Hospital.

During the reunion, Wang expressed her gratitude and praised the quick response of everyone involved in the rescue operation five years ago. As a token of appreciation, she presented the group with healthy drinks.

The motive behind this brutal act was reportedly financial. Yu was arrested by Thai police about a week after the incident on charges of attempted murder. Wang revealed during an interview that her husband was in debt due to a gambling addiction. He had reportedly tried to persuade her to pay off his 2 million yuan ($300,000) debt, but she only agreed to pay half of it, while he had to pay the rest, Bangkok Post reported.

This case ended when the Supreme Court of Thailand sentenced Yu to 33 years and 4 months in prison. The reunion was bittersweet, however, as Wang’s unborn child did not survive the fall. To this day, it is uncertain whether the fall was the direct cause of the fetus’s death.

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