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Silence shrouds Phuket resort shower electric shock deaths

PHUKET: Chalong Police today again refused the identify at which resort in Rawai two Myanmar nationals were killed by an electric shock from a shower water-heater in a guestroom bathroom.

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Wednesday 29 March 2017, 04:28PM

The resort is in the quiet street Soi Sermsuk in Rawai, but police refuse to identify the resort by name. Image: Google Maps
The resort is in the quiet street Soi Sermsuk in Rawai, but police refuse to identify the resort by name. Image: Google Maps

Capt Somkiet Sarasit of the Chalong Police told The Phuket News today (Mar 29), “The resort has had every electric shower in guestrooms checked and they are safe.

“The exact cause of the electric shocks was a broken electrical wire inside the wall,” he added.

Myanmar national Khin Aye New, 31, was found dead on the floor of a guestroom bathroom at the resort last Thursday night (Mar 23).

Her hand, which showed burn marks, was still holding the shower head of an electric water heater mounted to the wall. Her body was lying in water that covered the shower room floor.

Her boyfriend, Min Thaik Non, 30, who worked at the resort, lay dead beside her. He also suffered an apparent electrical shock as he tried to help her. (See story here.)

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Capt Somkiet continued to refuse to name the resort where the couple died. Asked again today by The Phuket News why the name of the resort was not public information, Capt Somkiet was silent.

Also of a conflicting nature, Capt Somkiet confirmed that so far no charges had been pressed against anyone over the deaths, but added, “It is an accident. This case is not concluded yet.”

Yet he added, “We have not pressed charges against the resort yet as we have to be very sure they are wrong. The resort might face legal action for negligence. The current owners took over the resort from a previous owner, so they are now redeveloping the resort.”

Asked what had happened to the remains of Mr Min and Ms Khin, Capt Somkiet said, “They were cremated in Rawai on Monday (Mar 27). The resort owner explained what had happened to the families. I was there too.”

The resort owner paid B270,000 baht per family for the deaths, Capt Somkiet added.



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Rorii | 03 April 2017 - 10:30:09

Malczx7r, Eagle "marches to the sound of his own drum" sadly he his out of tune with reality.

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malczx7r | 31 March 2017 - 12:01:34

Eagle, thanks for your helpful comments!!  
Accidents can happen, true but in most civilised countries electrical inspections are carried out and testing is carried out periodically!  And as rightly pointed out by Rori, earth leakage trip circuit breakers are used.  In the UK on every circuit except lighting circuits  
Also Thailand has failed to implement an earthing system on their main incoming supply which is something apparently was going to be done around 10 years ago!  
It's just another failure to do anything to improve tourists and local peoples safety whether it be electrical or back to my "many times mentioned" road safety.  Maybe one day when no tourists come they may scratch their heads and ask why??  Like some of the European countries that were once so popular and now are empty of tourists because they got fed up of being ripped off and treated like second class people!

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RogerFox | 31 March 2017 - 11:52:22

Good quality GFCI outlets retail for about US$20 each, in the States. I'm still trying to find any at any price in Phuket. Installing one is a snap for anyone with even minimal DIY skills. These two Burmese would almost certainly still be alive if the hotel had made the effort - there's no excuse .... 

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Rorii | 31 March 2017 - 07:23:45

RogerFox, it takes little current, at 240Vac, to kill, much less than that which would trip a circuit breaker, what should be installed, correctly, is elarth leakage circuit breakers, something still "foreign"  to many thais, and of cohrse extra cost to install, routinely tested, by "competent" "qualified" electricians, another "foriegn" concept.

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Eagle | 30 March 2017 - 16:51:40

malczx7r,accidents can happen in every hotel!And as you wrote many times about the dangerous traffic,maybe your relatives should not come at all to Phuket,if you are so concerned about their safety.

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Rorii | 30 March 2017 - 16:28:22

Eagle, any half wit, excluding you, would understand  that PN mentioned that Capt Somkiet would not name the hotel, I was simply questioning why PN, or any media, had not named it, as there are other sources besides the not so royal RTP. Also, as a matter of public interest, and safety, the hotel should be named, but hey, I understand that some people, like yourself, would find that hard to comprehend.

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malczx7r | 30 March 2017 - 13:40:38

Eagle - Rorii is right in asking.  Why should a resort which has had 2 people die through electrocution have anonymity, what if I have relatives coming over to stay in Rawai later this year, i'd want to know they were staying somewhere safe.

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RogerFox | 30 March 2017 - 13:17:41

Odd that the circuit breaker didn't trip, even for the second victim. GFCIs are a good idea on water heaters.

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Eagle | 30 March 2017 - 11:14:16

Rorii,why do you need to know the name of the resort?Are you planing a vacation in that area or is it only about some finger pointing?

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Rorii | 30 March 2017 - 07:33:11

OK, the cop seems to be hiding something, but surely  the media would know, or easily find out, the name of the hotel, so come on PN, just why haven't  you released the name?

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