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08 December 2007 :: 16:12:29 pm 7152

Two Philippino Sailors In Hobie 16 Injured During Practice; May Be Sidelined

Two girls on the Hobie 16 Sailing Team, from the Philippines, had a difficult practice session. Due to strong winds of up to twenty knots and waves that were one to two meters high, their boat overturned. The two girls had muscle and bone injuries and may not be able to compete in the match. The Thai Hobie Team declared that this will have no effect on the match, as they were not a serious competitor.
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On 7 December 2007, at 1pm, Captain Suthiphong Gaew-Tabm, Assistant Secretary of the Sailing Association of Thailand, in Royal Patronage, was notified by the training authority in Field D that a sailboat in Hobie 16, from the Philippines, had capsized. Captain Suthiphong immediately directed the Sea Rescue, with a speedboat and raft, to rush to the capsized boat to give assistance. The two sailors, Miss Tayong Leahnnie and Miss Delos Santos Melvin, were grabbing onto the boat and floating in the middle of the sea. The Sea Rescue Team came to their aid and transferred them to the Ambassador City Medical Center, Jomtien, Chonburi, before taking them to get X-rayed.

Captain Suthiphong said that it had been quite windy, that day, since morning. The wind was about 18-20 knots and the waves were about one to two meters high. The sailboat probably capsized when it was attempting to turn. In addition, many other sailors, from various countries, were all practicing in the various fields, A-D, at the same time. Hobie 16 was on the outer Field D, where the wind was stronger, causing the boat to capsize while it was turning. Unfortunately, Miss Tayong Leahnnie may be sidelined from the contest because her leg was caught in the boat and she may have leg injuries. Doctors will examine her thoroughly.

After the mishap, Vice Admiral Aphiwat Sriwathana, Secretary of the Sailing Association, said that Hobie 16 is the best hope for the Thai sailing Team to win a gold medal in 24th SEA Games.

“We have the former champion, Lieutenant Junior Grade Damrongsak Wongtim, who is the chief and Mr. Sakda Wongtim, a crew member, in the Hobie 16 category. Fortunately, the Thai team is safe and the accident that happened did not effect the competition,” said Vice Admiral Aphiwat.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Sports News

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