Pattaya Daily News

28 January 2009 :: 14:01:24 pm 9602

Speedboat Propeller Kills Swimming Fisherman At Pattaya Beach

On 27th January a Thai man who was fishing at Pattaya Beach was killed when he was struck by the propeller of a passing speedboat.
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At 1.00 pm, Pattaya police investigator Pol. Lt. Col. Tanagrit Lapittisan, was notified of the accident at the north end of Pattaya beach in front of the A-one Hotel, Moo. 9, Nongprue, Banglamung. Police and rescued teams rushed to investigate.

At the scene they found a crowd of onlookers, including local Thais and tourists, gathered around a boat which had carried the dead body of Mr. Chaiwat Nuntanon [21] from the site of the accident.

The victim, who resided at 6/4 Moo. 3 Najomtien, Sattahip, Chonburi, was clad in blue shorts and his right waist and back had open wounds sustained by contact with a speed boat propeller.

His friend, Mr. Sutehp Ngahm-sa-ngah [ 33] told police they’d taken a small fishing boat out to sea, about one kilometer way from the beach and beyond the swimming area. He remained on the boat while his friend dived into the water searching for shellfish.

He said he tried to shout at the driver of the approaching speedboat to warn him, but there was too much noise from the engine and surroundings. The boat drove past just as his friend came up from air, seriously cutting his body. He died in the sea from his injuries.

Later on, the speed boat driver, Mr. Bunjong Suriyachai [42] , residing at 57/28 Moo. 5, Nongprue, Banglamung reported to police. He explained that he was driving a twin engine boat called ” Pornchai”, carrying 16 Korean tourists from Koh Lan [Coral Island], following his usual course. He says he didn’t see the victim and was unaware of the accident.

Police have informed him he’ll be charged and prosecuted accordingly.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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