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22 April 2014 :: 13:04:40 pm 84769

Police set to probe deadly Phuket bungy jump accident

PHUKET: Those found responsible for the bungy jump accident in Chalong which killed two people may face criminal charges for the deaths, as well as legal action related to breaking the Building Control Act, Governor Maitri Inthusut has announced.
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Phuket Bungy Jump co-owner Todsaporn Suksri and engineer Pitakchai Wongsricha were killed on Friday evening (April 18) when the cage they were in plummeted 52 metres to the ground during a pre-opening test. A third man, Anupong Kantawong, who was testing the bungy jump, survived only because he was attached to the bungy cord.

Yesterday (April 20), Gov Maitri and other officials visited the site of the accident. There, the Governor was told how the OrBorTor had already advised the Phuket Bungy Jump owners that their structure was too high.

Gov Maitri blamed carelessness for the accident. “They tested the system at night time and it was too dark to see what was going on. The people who were up there had no experience,” he said.

He announced that a police investigation would be launched to find out how the accident happened.

The investigation was launched after it was revealed that Phuket Bungy Jump had a building permit which allowed a structure of 12 metres high to be built in the area, but instead built it 52 metres high. The company also did not have a permit to use the structure.

“According to the permit, the company was allowed to build three structures, including the bungy jump building. This structure was supposed to be 12 metres high, but the company made it 52 metres high. This is wrong,” Gov Maitri said.

The island’s three other bungy-jump companies would also be checked, he said.

“Even if the bungy companies in Phuket have already been checked, we will check them again because this activity can be risky, and the operators need to be professional. Tourism is very important to Phuket, so all businesses must operate at a professional level.”

Gov Maitri said that people needed to follow the Building Control Act, and understand the risks if they erected illegal structures.

View the original story on The Phuket News

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