Drunk Man Watches Sunrise From Atop Rama I Statue

BANGKOK — A man chose to climb atop a monument to King Rama I just before dawn Monday morning where he spent several hours before agreeing to come down.

At about 4am this morning, the man in his 30s and identified only as Rin climbed into the lap of the five-meter statue near Bangkok’s Memorial Bridge. Officers in a cherry picker took two hours to persuade the man to come down, according to Capt. Rangsan Lomking of Phra Ratchawang Police.

Rangsan said Rin is from Suphan Buri province. He appeared to be drunk: his speech meandered and he was holding a bottle of alcohol. Police said he did not threaten to jump.

After Rin was rescued, he was immediately sent to the Somdej Chaophraya Hospital for evaluation.