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American women injured in Krabi mountain fall undergoing surgery in Phuket

Hannnah Michel Gavios, the 23-year-old American woman who fell down a mountain in Krabi on Thursday night (Sep 1) night while fleeing a man that was sexually harassing her, has been transported to Bangkok Phuket Hospital (BPH) to undergo surgery for a broken spine.

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Saturday 3 September 2016, 07:25PM


Suspect Apai Raingworchai, 28, a local guide, points to the spot where Ms Gavios fell down the mountain.
Suspect Apai Raingworchai, 28, a local guide, points to the spot where Ms Gavios fell down the mountain.

She is also undergoing treatment for leg injuries, but police say that her legs were not broken during the incident. (see original story here)

Ms Gavios told police that she hired local tour guide to lead her from Ao Railay to Ao Tonsai.

While they were hiking, the man made a sexual passes at her, causing her to panic and fall from the mountain.

Suspect, Apai Raingworchai, 28, a local guide who initially reported the incident, was taken by police to the scene of the incident today in order to conduct a re-enactment.

He has admitted his sexual advances towards Ms Gavios caused her to flee and subsequently fall from the mountain at Ao Railay in Krabi on Thursday night (Sep 1).

Ao Nang Deputy Police Chief, Lt Col Winai Poonsawas revealed this morning (Sep 3) that officers were taking Raingworchai to the area where the incident took place for a re-enactment.

Raingworchai lead officers to the spot where he first met Ms Gavois and agreed to walk her back to her accommodation at Tonsai - along mountain trail some 50 metres above sea level.

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He then lead Police to a second spot along the mountain path, where he made unwanted sexual advances to Ms Gavios causing her to panic and flee.

He then led police to a rocky spot approximately 45 metres below the trail, where rescued workers found Ms Gavios after she spent the night unaided in the wild, just 15 metres from the water below.

He told police that after she fell he came looking her and found her lying still between rocks.

He admitted that he put his hand on her body, but that he walked away after she bit his ear.

He later reported the incident to police, claiming that he did not rape her.

Raingworchai was taken to Ao Nang Police Station to face assault causing injury and sexual harassment charges. He was later taken to a cell at the Krabi Provincial Court.

 

 

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Christy Sweet | 05 September 2016 - 08:32:26

Seems to me that "putting his hands on her body.." while she is incapacitated, stuck between rocks with a broken spine is an indictable offense. Are we to understand from  recent viewer comments he was also impersonating a tour guide? That too is a crime. What a horrible ordeal for this young woman, best wishes to her for a full recovery.

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Jmueller | 04 September 2016 - 12:02:38

There a few facts that need to be cleared in order to give a clear picture of this story!
Apal Ruengvorn is not a climbing Guide OR Tourist guide, He Is A Homeless Guy Living Off The offeRings Of The Kind Locals Of Railay Beach. Calling him a guide of any kind cast a poor image onto the true professional climbing guides of this area! It is the efforts of these professional climbing guides who also volunteer their time, skills, equipment to rescue people in accidents such as this one involving Hannah. I and many others have the highest respect for these professional Thai guides!!!
The trail that crosses from Railay to Tonsai is far from what is described as a mountain, it is a short but rocky and at times muddy trail. Crossing this trail late at night requires knowledge of the trail and headlamp at a minimum, anything short of that would be an unsafe undertaking! I wish Hannah a speedy recovery. The true hero's are the guides that rescued her. Enough of sensationalist reporting, it wrongly colors a very special place and people of Thailand.

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kpea | 03 September 2016 - 22:39:09

She hired him as a guide?! No I don't think that's correct. This guy is also not a local guide.. he is a local mentally unstable person living in the area, stop hyping and spinning the story. 

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