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Belgian rafter still missing in Chiang Mai

CHIANG MAI: A search continued on Saturday (July 23) for a Belgian man who fell from an inflatable raft into the Taeng River during heavy rain while on a whitewater rafting trip with three friends on Friday.


By Bangkok Post

Sunday 24 July 2022, 09:54AM


Searchers examine the rapids of the Taeng River for signs of a Belgian man who fell from an inflatable raft during a whitewater rafting trip in Mae Taeng district of Chiang Mai on Friday. Photo: Panumet Tanraksa / Bangkok Post

Searchers examine the rapids of the Taeng River for signs of a Belgian man who fell from an inflatable raft during a whitewater rafting trip in Mae Taeng district of Chiang Mai on Friday. Photo: Panumet Tanraksa / Bangkok Post

UPDATE: Rescuers found the body of Mr Hinckxt on Sunday (July 24). See full story here.


Chainarong Nantasai, the Mae Taeng district chief, was coordinating the search effort involving volunteers and divers at the site in tambon Kuedchang as they looked for Nicolas Hinckxt, 30, reports the Bangkok Post.

The tourist and two friends boarded a Siam River Adventures inflatable boat to go whitewater rafting on the Taeng River on Friday. All wore life vests on board the boat operated by Panya Noibutr, 30.

According to a preliminary inquiry, Mr Hinckxt fell from the boat after it struck a large rock in a stretch of rapids at Mueng Keud village at around 2pm.

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Still wearing his life vest, he was floating in the river but could not get back to the boat. When the boat was about 30 metres away, a rope was thrown into the river but he could not grab it and later went missing in the strong current. His life vest was found about 2 kilometres from the scene.

Searchers worked into the night on Friday but were hampered by heavy rain and strong currents. Rescuers and divers resumed the search on Saturday.

Police are investigating the incident.

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JohnC | 25 July 2022 - 08:52:21

The water level looks very high with a powerful current. Not ideal conditions to be taking anybody on a whitewater rafting experience. To find his life jacket without him means he was not wearing it correctly or it was useless cheap junk. Either is possible. The operator should have many questions to answer over this.

Kurt | 25 July 2022 - 08:25:04

River rafting during strong rain and wind. Money-money. Having rafting tourists not checked on correct strapped wearing lifejackets? Unbelieveble. Well, thats it. Tourist goes home in a box. Case closed after box left. Up to next unsafe Thailand  tourist exploitation affair.

Capricornball | 24 July 2022 - 21:58:39

Yes, looks like tourism finally is getting back to normal, with another visitor going home from Thailand in a box. Continued crap safety procedures, and not surprised if crappy life jacket and boat either. I would also wager to bet that Siam River Adventures was back in business today, with no "investigation". Although it doesn't matter, as the conclusion would have been "the to...

 

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