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Aussie boyfriend to face charges over deadly Phuket jet-ski crash

PHUKET: Police have today confirmed that the 22-year-old boyfriend of the Australian woman killed when their jet-skis collided at Kata Beach yesterday evening is to face charges of reckless driving causing death.

By Yutthawat Lekmak

Monday 6 February 2017, 05:56PM

Royal Thai Navy officers treat Ms Collie at Kata Beach where the collision occurred. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Royal Thai Navy officers treat Ms Collie at Kata Beach where the collision occurred. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The man, Thomas Keating, 22, and his girlfriend, Emily Jayne Collie, 20, were riding jet-skis near Kata Beach at 4:45pm yesterday (Feb 5) when they collided in the water at high speed leaving Ms Collie with severe injuries to her neck and shoulders. (See story here.)

Mr Keating said strong sunlight reflected off the sea and made it impossible to see the jet-ski of Ms Collie, leading to the crash. (See story here.)

Lt Patiwat Yodkhwan from the Karon Police said, “Ms Collies boyfriend, Mr Keating, who was driving the other jet-ski when they collided will faces charges of reckless driving causing death.

Ms Collie was pronounced dead at the scene her body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

Her parents are coming to Phuket to collect her body and they are expected to arrive on Wednesday (Feb 8), Lt Patiwat said.

Lt Patiwat went on to say that the owner of the jet-skis ridden by Mr Keating and Ms Collie has not taken any payment for damages caused to the jet-skis and that insurance coverage on the jet-ski entitles Ms Collies parents to a payout of B50,000.

“The owner of the two jet-skis did not want money for the damage because he wants Phuket to have a good reputation as a holiday destination,” Lt Patiwat said.

“In addition, the insurance coverage of the jet-ski will pay B50,000 compensation for the death of Ms Collie,” he added.

Meanwhile, family and friends have taken to social media to remember Ms Collie, who was described as “bright and bubbly”.



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CaptainJack69 | 07 February 2017 - 23:35:43

So this guy rents out 2 powerful watercraft to people who, to the best of his knowledge, have absolutely no experience of such potentially deadly vehicles, and when the inevitable tragedy occurs not only is he not held responsible but we are expected to applaud him for not demanding damages from the victims?

And today it turns out most of these cowboys don't even have the "mandatory&qu...

BenPendejo | 07 February 2017 - 19:39:30

I have seen the coverage this incident is getting in Australia.  Thailand deserves every bit of negative backlash that comes from this terrible and unfortunate event.  I wish the Australian government would get involved and take these crooked Thai officials and jetski mafia to task, and if nothing else further expose this dangerous place for what it really is...that being corrupt to the core...fro...

Kurt | 07 February 2017 - 15:38:32

When we see the Phuket Governor photographs,  he always looks wondering, asking himself:...
"Who am I that I may do this job, and I even don't know how to do it"...
So sad for the man.

But wait:. he has a escape route.
..Ignore/deny present Phuket problems, and just talk about future things, like light rail stuff.
That is safe for him, by the time is starts up this Governor ha...

Nasa123 | 07 February 2017 - 14:02:35

This is your responsibility Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan and how many died people will have on your shoulders before you stop this madness, none of the muddy and hashish smoking Jet- Ski operators in Kata has any respect for people only Bath, and where do all these 100,000 Bath every day go Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan ?

Nasa123 | 07 February 2017 - 05:52:32

“The owner of the two jet-skis did not want money for the damage because he wants Phuket to have a good reputation as a holiday destination,” Lt Patiwat said. Then remove all the Jet- Ski from all beaches in Phuket show you will not have one bad rumor in Phuket, which is already too late.

yvonne | 07 February 2017 - 03:26:12

What about the jet Ski Owners and Operators renting these Jet Skis?How DI THEY judge the suitability and the whether the people are qualified to operate the jet Skis they hire out? Is it not HIGH 
TIME, some adjustments that govern the SPEED of these Jet ski's are
made modifying the engines and disabling HIGH SPEED AND that  Qualified Staff ONLY! are to operate these Jet Ski's with rente...

Surprised Wolf | 07 February 2017 - 00:38:10

RIP to the young girl. Condolences to the parents and the boyfriend who will carry the guilt on his shoulders for the rest of his life. And thanks to the jet ski onder to have the decency to not ask for extra money. Just a pity he did it "so not to damage tourism" instead of "out of respect for the deceased". The difference between money or life...

BenPendejo | 06 February 2017 - 23:08:02

Man...what a tragic mess, which all could have been avoided if there was some kind of control on this miserable jet-ski business.  "Mr. Do-Gooder" jet ski owner is likely being cool about it because 1) he is already being reimbursed for the ski damage (like always), and 2) because he knows he should be held liable for renting a jetski to people without having the proper license to operat...

Kurt | 06 February 2017 - 19:34:11

The absence of any feeling/emotion at Phuket police side is astonishing and almost 'barbaric'. 

How can the husband/boyfriend get charged?
No normal self respecting Court will convict this man.
For several reasons:
1--- The Jet ski vendor should be charged first for renting out jet skies illegal, without convincing that these renters were experienced/licensed. ( 2nd class helmsman li...

Pauly44 | 06 February 2017 - 19:08:16

The owner of the jetskis would have demanded/extorted payment if the poor girl didn't pass away and it wasn't headline news, you can be sure about that. At the end of the day it was a freak accident, he's got enough to deal with the passing of his girlfriend then again this is Thailand and stupidity will prevail.

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