An American tourist was fighting for his life after a horror fall while rock climbing in Thailand.
Eduardo Keane, 24, from Florida, had been on a family holiday in Krabi region when he began scaling rocks and cliffs around Railway Beach on Tuesday afternoon.
The site is the same area that American backpacker Hannah Gavios, 24, plunged 150ft while fleeing a sex attacker last year.
Eduardo – who was not using climbing equipment – fell from a viewing point to the base of a vertical cliff face.
He was found unconscious at around 2pm with a fractured skull and multiple injuries to his body.
It’s not clear what part of the cliffs Eduardo – whose nickname is Taco – was climbing or what kind of climbing he was doing, but the emergency call was made by Railay Rock Climbing Club.
Paramedics rushed Eduardo to The First Standard Clinic in Ao Nang and transferred him to Krabi Hospital where he is currently in intensive care in a coma.
Friends are now desperate to get Eduardo back to America for medical care.
Pal Ethan Harris said: ‘’While climbing in Thailand, a misstep caused him to fall, resulting in a skull fracture, multiple bodily injuries, and, ultimately, a coma.
”Eduardo is currently being treated for his condition in Thailand in a hospital without the resources to provide him the care he not only needs, but deserves.
”Eduardo has always been a person dedicated to others. He is a caring friend who goes above and beyond to listen and be present when his friends are in need. His passion in progressing the medical field and helping others in any way can be felt by anyone he meets.’’
Sub Lt Suwan Tuamsri from the Krabi Police said: ”Mr Keane is seriously injured around his face. One wound around his chin is about 10cm long, his nose is bleeding and he’s badly injured on his right cheek.
”Mr Keane was on his way to the top when he fell. He was climbing without any equipment.’’
Eduardo is from the Miami Beach area of Florida and graduated from Brandeis University in 2015.
American backpacker Hannah Gavios broke her back when she plunged down a cliff in the same area around Railway Bay while fleeing a sex attacker in September last year. Hannah, from New York, is still recovering from her injuries.