THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Chinese tourist family injured as Phuket elephants bolt during jungle trek

PHUKET: A family of four Chinese tourists were injured during a Phuket elephant jungle trek this morning (June 29) after a dog barked, spooking the elephants they were travelling and causing them to bolt.

tourismaccidentsanimalsChinese
By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 29 June 2017, 03:54PM


The family were on the backs of two elephants when the accident happened, explained “Mr Jack”, one of the two mahouts who led the trek through the jungle on a path leading up to the Big Buddha viewpoint.

The trek, at the “ATV Seaview on Tour” elephant camp in Soi Yodsanae, started a little before 9:30am.

The family, comprising Hu Jun, 37, his wife and their son and daughter, Hu Yuxin, 13, all from Shanghai, were on two elephants, Namchock and Jiant, Mr Jack explained.

“We were 200 meters from the starting point when a dog, which we believe is from local resident’s house, suddenly barked out very loud. The elephant at the front panicked and ran, which prompted the second elephant to do the same,” he said.

The elephants bolted further up the track, where the slope became steep, Mr Jack recalled.

“The track was covered with mud and was slippery, causing the two elephants to fall down,” he said, adding that all four of the Chinese family and the two mahouts were thrown to the ground.

Mr Jack suffered only minor injuries, but the other mahout suffered an injury to his back.

Rescue workers soon arrived rushed the injured mahout to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.

Mr Hu suffered an injury to his ankle and had difficulty breathing. His daughter, Yuxin, and his wife and son suffered scratches and bruises. All four were taken to Phuket International Hospital.

Tourist Police are reportedly investigating the incident and have informed Chinese consulate officials.

The owner of the elephant camp, Prakob Kongrod, 43, apologised to Mr Hu and his family for the incident and promised to ensure the company’s insurance to cover their medical bills.

“We are very sorry for this. We run a reputable business. We are fully registered and insured, and we will do our best to make sure this does not happen again,” he said.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Tout dumps slow loris with tourist, evades arrest at Kata Beach

It's not the Police's job you clown. How do you know how the operation was conducted?...(Read More)


Layan lockout: Public access denied amid Supreme Court wrangle for B10bn beachfront land

Best get yourself some legal advice if you don't understand something or won't accept anythi...(Read More)


Six houses destroyed by fire

Unless you haven't worked it out, prioritising when poor means staying alive. How do you know t...(Read More)


Still no charges for taxi driver who wiped out six vehicles, killed motorcyclist

What about the "HiSo's"or influential people as one commentator suggests in another po...(Read More)


Still no charges over deadly collision in Chalong that killed two tourists

What this article is about is a motor accident. Get with the program. Even Australia as are many oth...(Read More)


Still no charges for taxi driver who wiped out six vehicles, killed motorcyclist

Inhibitors to Thai Justice 101: “I have many things to do. Last month, I had an official meeting i...(Read More)


Still no charges for taxi driver who wiped out six vehicles, killed motorcyclist

As with every other law in Phuket (parking, speeding etc).... one rule for taxis and one rule for th...(Read More)


Saudi teen runaway leaves for Canada

A happy ending, let us hope she isn't a victim of some more patriarchal BS in way of "honor...(Read More)


Local residents angered over open sewer stench

Where's all the sewage from the recent 10000 + Laguna area condos going? ( I'd be one P O...(Read More)


Layan lockout: Public access denied amid Supreme Court wrangle for B10bn beachfront land

"Well no," well yes, it seems have a problem, first stating incorrectly sect 1336, now ign...(Read More)