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22 April 2013 :: 12:04:36 pm 73968

Koreans Badly Hurt As Koh Larn Speedboats Crash

A 64-year-old Korean man’s lower left leg was cut off, and another man’s legs nearly severed when a speedboat carrying 20 Korean tourists rammed another speedboat at a Koh Larn beach. Six people were badly injured, including a Thai guide. Both boat drivers fled the scene.
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PATTAYA – April 21, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; a report of boats colliding in an accident that injured many South Korean tourists was received by Pol. Lt. Col. Supan Sophee, detective of Muang Pattaya police station.

The collision occurred in the Ta Wan beach area, Koh Lan district, Muang Pattaya, Nakluea, Banglamung.

Providing immediate assistance were rescuers of Koh Larn district and speedboats of good citizens who gradually brought the victims to the Bali Hai pier in South Pattaya.

Rushing to the scene were sea rescuers, rescuers from Sawangboriboon foundation Pattaya, and medical teams from Pattaya Memorial and Bangkok-Pattaya hospitals.

After receiving the report, Mr.Sanit Boonmachai, a member of the Pattaya parliament, also brought the municipality staff to assist.

When they arrived at Bali Hai pier, rescue officers found it was crowded with tourists who had come for their vacations. So the staff and authorities cleared out everyone from the area not involved in the accident.

The rescuers from Koh Larn brought the injured victims to the pier, which included a Thai tour guide and 20 Korean tourists. Waiting to assist were the medical and the rescue teams to bring them to Pattaya Memorial and Bangkok-Pattaya hospitals.
Of the 20 injured tourists, 14 had minor injuries. They were treated at the scene and released.

However, 6 people were seriously injured:

Mr. Gihwa Hong, 64 years old, whose lower left leg was cut off, and his right leg was broken. He got traumatized in many places on his body and was unconscious;

Mr. Myung Bae Kim , 51 years old, whose 2 legs were almost cut off, but still remained attached;

Dohyedn Kim, 8 years old, severe wounds in both legs;

Ms. Jung Suk, 54 years old, suffering from broken bones in her right arm and the nape of her neck;

Mr. Mon Kong Bea, the 41-year-old Korean guide, with chest pain, and multiple fractures in his spine and pelvis;

and Mr. Boonying Kanta, 39 years old, the Thai tour guide, with wounds under his right arm pit, and broken ribs.

Police investigators then went to check the two boats that collided. Both drivers had fled the scene after the accident and have not been found.

The twin-engine speedboat carrying the Korean tourists was found wrecked and floating about 100 meters from shore, with its left side destroyed. The speedboat is named “Kor Nongmai 7,” and is owned by Sea Dream company Ltd. The driver was identified as Mr. Rungaroon Hormlamduan, 27 years old, who escaped from the scene.

Not far from the first vessel, the same sized boat, called “Sor Khemthong” was floating. The front of the boat was destroyed, and the driver was Mr.Amnaj Jarentap, 42 years old. He also had escaped.

Police are seeking both missing drivers, since there are conflicting stories about the cause of the collision.

From their investigation, police discovered that earlier that morning, Mr. Rungaroon was driving the Kor Nongmai 7, containing 20 Korean tourists and guides. They had been on a diving excursion in Koh Sak, and were returning to Koh Larn.

As the Kor Nongmai 7 approached Ta Wan beach, about 100 meters from land the speedboat suddenly collided with the Sor Khemthong, which was reportedly floating while about to be refueled.

The impact severely damaged the bottom of the Kor Nongmai 7 boat, allowing seawater to rapidly rush into the vessel, which gradually sank. The injured passengers were forced to evacuate and float in the sea, but fortunately they had life jackets. A short while later, the district officials and good citizens came to help.

Journalists reported that the incident was of great concern to the Korea Consulate to Thailand, because so many Koreans got injured. The Consulate sent Yuwapolthanakorn, 22 years old, the secretarial assistant of the consular police, to view all symptoms of the victims.

Miss Waranya said that Mr .Cha Kiang Tak, the consul, truly paid attention and cared about the welfare of the victims, so he sent her to collect all the information. The consul was also personally coming from Bangkok to visit the victims, and will send his report to South Korea to inform his superiors.

Police detectives revealed that a man riding on the Kor Nongmai 7 told them it was the other boat that hit their speedboat, despite evidence suggesting otherwise.
The man, identified as Mr.Lattapol Sonphu, 31 years old, is a client supporter who traveled with the Kor Nongmai 7.

He said that the other vessel, the Sor Khemthong, drove and hit their boat, despite the circumstantial evidence, which indicated that the Sor Khemthong, was floating and reportedly stationary.

However, the police will track down and arrest the 2 drivers who had escaped, to question them before filing prosecution charges.

Reporter : Samart   Photo : Samart   Category : Community News

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