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29 February 2012 :: 12:02:49 pm 62278

Two Burmese Fishermen Die After Eating Blow Fish

Eight Mon fishermen of a trawler catch a blow fish (white spotted puffer) and decide to eat it. Two fishermen die 10 minutes after eating the poisonous fish. The rest of the crew is sent to hospital.
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Sattahip, February 27, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; Pol.Capt. Ekachai Mulsee, Sattaheep police station, Chonburi was notified by Mr.Waeu, age 35 a Laotian, the owner of the otter trawler called Suvit Fishing, that his eight crew members had eaten blow fish and fallen ill. His boat is moored Suvit Fishing port, Moo 3, Samaesarn, Sattahip, Chonburi.

At the scene, the police and the Sawangrojana Thammasatarn rescue team send six crew members from the fishing vessel to Queen Sirikit Naval hospital. Mr.”Nai”, age 29 old, Mr.”Aw”, age 28, Mr.”Su”, age 20, Mr.”Ter”, age 18 old, Mr.”Kala”, age 16 and Mr.”Su”, age 20 years.

They all suffer from numbness. At the scene two corpses are found : Mr.”Dam”, age 45 and Mr.”Chid”, age 24 years.


Upon interrogation Mr.Waeu, the owner of the otter trawler said he and his eight crew members had gone fishing on February 18. When the trawler was in Prajuab Khirikhan at 19:00 hrs they caught a black a large black spotted blow fish measuring 30,4 cm in lenght and weighing three kilograms.

He told his crew to throw it away because it is toxic, but his crew did not believe him and cooked its meat and eggs. About 10 minutes later, the ones who had eaten the meat felt numb before fainting, but the ones who had eaten the eggs became short of breath, convulsed and then died.

The reporter said the fish could be a black-lined blowfish aka Pufferfish (Arothron Hispidus).

This fish has a small mouth and has parrot-liked teeth, with black spots on white white background. It lives in mud and sand area of the Gulf of Thailand.

It’s toxins scientistifc name is tetrodotoxin, human lethal dose is 2 milligrams. The most toxin is found inthe the eggs, the liver, the intestine and skin. The meat however contains much less toxin or no toxin at all.

In Thai waters the toxicity is the is the highest during the in egg laying season.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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