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12 January 2013 :: 13:01:22 pm 70286

Female Polish Tourist Killed By Jomtien Speedboat

A 57-year-old Polish wife of a doctor was killed after being slashed by the propellers of a speedboat while swimming at Jomtien Beach. The operator of 12-seat speedboat did not see the victim swimming. She was among a group of 1,500 tourists traveling on a cruise ship.
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PATTAYA – January 11, 2013; at 11 a.m., a report of a foreign tourist being severely injured by a speedboat propeller was received by Pol. Lt. Col. Anuchet Kartsomboon, investigation officer, Pattaya police station, Dongtarn curve sub-branch. He rushed to the scene with a police team and an ambulance from Pattaya Memorial hospital.

The incident occurred at Jomtien beach, opposite to Soi 9 on Jomtien Beach Road. At the scene, officers found that bystanders had assisted to bring the injured woman to the shore.

She was identified as Mrs. Vanda Horst Sikorska, age 57, from Poland. She had been sliced by the propeller of the speed boat from her left ear to the neck, and on her left breast and her left arm. Her wounds were severe and bleeding heavily.

Mrs. Vanda was rushed to Pattaya Memorial hospital, where she died later. Her husband, also from Poland, was crying beside her body.

Police questioned the speedboat driver, identified as Mr. Monkol Eur-pheur, age 30. He was standing to wait for police beside the 12-seat speedboat, named the “Eur-pheur Family,” which had a size 1 engine.

Mr. Monkol said that he had started the speedboat’s engine, and was going to pick up the tourists at Koh Larn. He did not see that Mrs. Vanda was swimming near the back of the boat. So she was cut by the propeller of the boat and severely injured.

Mr. Monkol and several bystanders assisted to bring her to the shore, and then notified the officers to bring her to the hospital, but she died later.

A tour company van driver, Mr. Mana Mokkhao, age 62, said that the victim’s husband is a doctor and owner of clinic in Poland. The couple was traveling in a cruise ship named Volandum.

The ship had sailed from Singapore with 1,500 tourists to travel to Pattaya, and was docked at Laem Chabang port. It had been scheduled to leave at 2 p.m. to travel to Cambodia.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Community News

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