PATTAYA – Stephen Campbell, 38, from Blackpool, Lancashire, died in the tragic accident off Koh Larn Island, in the east coast resort of Pattaya.
The incident occurred on Thursday Morning off the coast of Tawaen Beach on Larn Island and resulted in the eventual death of Mr. Stephen David Campbell aged 38 from Blackpool, England.
His friend, Mr. Mark Kear aged 38 and his girlfriend Khun Ganyarat aged 38 reported the incident at Pattaya Police Station and said the pair had been in Pattaya for 5 days and were staying at a North Pattaya Hotel.
They decided to spend the day at Larn Island on Thursday and when they arrived Mr. Campbell decided to rent a Jet Ski. Mr. Campbell was seen driving the Jet Ski at some speed and was seen to come off when he struck a rope used to anchor a boat. He sustained a 20cm long laceration across his neck and was losing blood quickly.
Mr. Campbell was taken to Hospital but could not be saved by medics. Police have seized the Jet Ski to see if a mechanical issue was to blame for the accident. A post-mortem examination will take place at the Police Forensic Institute in Bangkok and the British Embassy in Bangkok have been informed.
Unfortunately, Mr Cambell’s insurance will not cover the costs of bringing him home – and now his family are desperately trying to raise the money.
Stephen Campbell’s family are having to raise £30,000 to bring his body home, A Facebook page set up by the barber’s family read: ‘Unfortunately the insurance does not cover him and the process of repatriation is proving to be expensive and in excess of 30k.
‘We desperately want to lay him to rest and bring him home to Blackpool….
‘So…we are asking for a little bit of help to bring him home’
Mr Campbell, who owned a barber shop, was on a three week holiday when the accident happened. He was due to return home in a week.
The man’s neighbours spoke of their shock at his death today.
Tracey Strangwick, 48, who owns a neighbouring business, said: ‘It’s a real tragedy. I was absolutely devastated when I heard the news.
Stephen is a lovely person and he will be really missed by everyone round here.He’s so friendly and would pop his head in when he walked by and would stop for a natter.
‘He was a familiar face to everyone and it’s awful to hear he’ll no longer be around.
‘He adored Thailand and used to go all the time. I think he used to travel around the country.
‘He really wasn’t a thrill-seeker or anything like that. Stephen was a wonderful, warm-hearted man and it’s a real shock to everyone that he’s died so suddenly in such tragic circumstances.’
Neighbour Russell Ward said Mr Campbell, who was a keen supporter of Liverpool FC, bought the business Urban Barber four years ago.
He said: ‘He was a lovely bloke who was always living life to the full. It’s a real shame to hear what’s happened.
‘I think he lived alone but he was popular round here. If we had the football on he would always sit down and watch it with us.
‘He was just so easy to get on with and I really feel for his family.’ To donate, Click Here