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Chinese tourist, 18, slashed by engine propeller off Phuket

PHUKET: An 18-year-old Chinese tourist was taken to Krabi Hospital yesterday (July 7) after being hit by a tour boat’s engine propeller whilst swimming in the sea at Koh Phi Phi Don.

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Friday 8 July 2016, 10:34AM

Sub Lt Suwan Tuamsri from Krabi Tourist Police (right) was notified of the incident by tour guide Liu Yingchang (left). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Sub Lt Suwan Tuamsri from Krabi Tourist Police (right) was notified of the incident by tour guide Liu Yingchang (left). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Sub Lt Suwan Tuamsri from Krabi Tourist Police was called to investigate an incident at around midday yesterday where it had been reported by Liu Yingchang, a tour guide from the Alibaba Tour Company, that a Chinese tourist, named as Li Yuheng, 18, had suffered injuries to his left leg an right ankle when hit by the propeller of a speedboat engine.

Sub Lt Suwan said, “We received a call from a tour guide at around noon saying that a Chinese tourist had been injured by a speedboat engine propeller.

The tour guide said there were 35 tourists on his tour including both children and adults. They had come from Rassada Pier in Phuket to visit Phi Phi Island,” he said.

They had moored the boat to allow the tourists to swim, but when the time came from the group to leave, one of the speedboat’s crew, Naradon Tongdee, 20, started the engine and Mr Li swam towards the back of the boat and got hit by the propeller,” he added.

Mr Li is currently at Krabi Hospital being treated for his injuries, it is not yet know whether anyone involved in the incident will face legal charges



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Kurt | 08 July 2016 - 14:49:53

Asterix, Now often Chinese groups have a official( useless) thai guide plus a Chinese 'interpreter' as the thai guides not speak Chinese and can not service the tourist in any way.

And the photo shows the Chinese interpreter to deal with this dramatic accident, it not shows the official thai guide.
And it looks like the police sub Lt feels comfortable about it.
Probably the Chinese interpreter speaks english and thai as well?

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Joe12 | 08 July 2016 - 13:37:10

Stegee...the headline is truthful and accurate. Phi Phi Island is located off Phuket. Unless they have changed the name lately?

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Ed Sanders | 08 July 2016 - 11:30:31

It just keeps happening... proof that there has been little to no meaningful changes to increase marine safety, and these uneducated fools driving speedboats continue to receive no effective training, and continue to cause serious injury to tourists.  

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simon01 | 08 July 2016 - 11:24:48

These speed boats have no qualified skippers. No international skippers license. The crew are untrained. 1 untrained guide for 35 people?? These tours are as dangerous as it can possibly be. The authorities waste their time on the dive boats who have a ratio of 4:1 or as maximum 6:1. Licensed skippers, trained crew as the owners and other senior instructors train them, most dive boats have as many as 20 instructors all trained in rescue and these boats are as safe as you can get. The speed boats have deaths, crashes, accidents every week and nothing is done. The "safe areas are not enforces as the speed boats are in them more than they are out of them. The whole speed boat industry needs to be 100% stopped until they are fully trained and the safety standards bought into line with the dive industry which has international standards. 

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stegee | 08 July 2016 - 11:11:14

very much 'off phuket'..!! technically speaking bangkok is 'off phuket' as is chiang mai, lopburi and evrywhere else in the world.. why not just tell the truth in the headline and say 'off phi-phi'..!?

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Asterix | 08 July 2016 - 11:03:12

Liu Yingchang, a tour guide from the Alibaba Tour Company, does not look to be a Thai name!!!
Is it a Thai national?
If he is a Chinese national, why the Krabi Tourist Police did not arrest him for working illegally as a tour guide in Thailand?

Anyway, the speedboat captain looks to be wrong to start the engines before all snorkelers back and perhaps to go backward to pick-up people in water.

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