British tourist electrocuted by fridge in Thailand
A British tourist was electrocuted in Thailand while reaching for a bottle of water from a fridge.
Friends believe Grant Harrison, 36, had been sunbathing by the pool on the island of Koh Phangan and was killed when he went to get a drink.
The Middlesbrough fan had gone backpacking with his girlfriend after being made redundant for a third time and arrived at the party isle last week.
Grant, from Stokesley, near Middlesbrough, had moved to London a few years ago.
He was a poster on a football messaging site and yesterday more than 300 messages of condolence had been left.
One fan said: “He was relaxing by the pool, decided to go for a bottle of water and it cost him his life.”
Grant was also a regular contributor to the Middlesbrough supporters’ fanzine Fly Me To The Moon and played in annual charity matches.
Fanzine editor Rob Nichols said: “He was a real character. He will be greatly missed.”
A 20-year-old British tourist died in Patong, Thailand, in August last year after he accidentally put his hand on an outdoor, floor-mounted power socket covered with water.
Note: Household Electricity systems in Thailand are generally not grounded – Beware!
Standards of electrical safety are very poor in Thailand and many houses/businesses, especially in rural areas, do not have an earth connection.