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21 Year Old Australian Plunges to Death, Family Seeks Answers

Sebastian Eric Faulkner (far right), who has died in Thailand, pictured with colleague last month.

Sebastian Eric Faulkner (far right), who has died in Thailand, pictured with colleague last month.

 

PHUKET – Sebastian Eric Faulkner a 21 year old Australian tourist has died after plunging from the ninth floor of the Andaman Beach Suites Hotel in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Sebastian Eric Faulkner, was found on concrete this evening near a pond after crashing into a tree first, police in the west coast holiday town of Patong

Andaman Beach Suites Hotel is located in Patong Beach

Andaman Beach Suites Hotel is located in Patong Beach

He was found with severe injuries including a fractured skull before being taken to nearby Patong Hospital. He was then moved to Bangkok Hospital, where he later died.

Authorities said Mr Faulkner sought medical assistance for hallucinations from Patong Hospital on December 30, but “left without anyone noticing”.

He had been traveling with friends, who are assisting authorities with their inquiries.

It is believed his friends did not know Mr Faulkner’s whereabouts until after his death, the reports said.

His older cousin Ben Faulkner today posted a message on his Facebook page about the death.

“Seb Faulkner it’s like a nightmare I can’t wake up from! I have memories of having a beer with you, having many a laugh with you & teasing you as your older & dramatically less talented cousin – no one can ever take them away from me – they will be with me forever mate!,” he

A representative from his workplace, ANL Shipping, said Mr Faulkner was due to complete a 12-month co-op position at the company on 25 January.

“I have handled the news with the other co-ops because they were very close knit friends and they are all in shock at the moment,” the spokeswoman said.

“They heard on Facebook … we are in shock, he was a very good young person and will be very sadly missed I must admit…they are all very devastated about the news.”

She said Mr Faulkner had been due to return to uni to complete his degree this year after a 12-month training role at the company.

It is understood he is a former student of St Bede’s College in Mentone and studied at Australian Catholic University.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it is providing consular assistance to Mr Faulkner’s family.

Members of Mr Faulkner’s family were expected to arrive in Phuket yesterday

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