An Australian tourist, whose identity is being withheld pending embassy and family notification, passed away after hiking to the Tiger Temple Cave in Krabi, Thailand yesterday, March 17. The climb is notoriously challenging, with a steep ascent that includes 1,260 steps (this writer can attest to the steep and tiring nature of the climb).
The Tiger Temple Cave is a popular attraction for tourists visiting Krabi. The hike to the top of the hill is notoriously challenging and would usually need a basic level of fitness before attempting. Visitors are advised to take necessary precautions, including carrying water, wearing appropriate footwear and ensuring they are in good physical condition.
Despite the risks, the stunning views from the summit and the peaceful temple at the top continue to attract visitors from around the world.
Emergency responders were notified that the 70 year old tourist was unconscious, prompting an immediate response. The team, including emergency responders and a doctor, took over an hour to climb to the cave, which is situated just below the summit of the hill. There, they found the tourist unconscious and immediately began providing CPR. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, they were unable to revive him.
The doctor who attended to the tourist at the scene believed that he might have gone into shock after the difficult hike, causing his heart to stop. After being pronounced dead at the scene, his body was taken down from the hill, which also took over an hour.
The Mueang Krabi Police later discovered that the tourist was travelling alone, with his motorbike parked at the temple. His passport was found in his bag, which was left with the motorbike. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death. The Australian Embassy has been alerted.