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Chinese tourist slashed by engine propeller off Phuket dies of injuries

PHUKET: The 18-year-old Chinese tourist who was wounded by a speedboat engine propeller when swimming in the sea last Thursday (July 8) died from his injuries later the same day The Phuket News has learned.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Monday 11 July 2016, 11:51AM

Li Yuheng, 18, died from injuries he sustained when hit the the propeller of a speedboat engine last Thursday. Photo: Harsha K R/Flickr

Li Yuheng, 18, died from injuries he sustained when hit the the propeller of a speedboat engine last Thursday. Photo: Harsha K R/Flickr

Meanwhile, one of the speedboat’s crew has since been charged with recklessness causing the death of another person.

Lt Col Cheatpan Vichaidit, Chief Investigator at Phi Phi Police Station told The Phuket News today (July 11), “I can confirm that despite all efforts to save him, Mr Li died at 11.23 pm on July 8 at Krabi Hospital due to the injuries he sustained after being hit by the propeller.

“The tour company’s insurance has paid about B2.3 million in compensation to Mr Li’s family, the tour company also covered the costs of the family’s visit to Thailand following the incident,” he said.

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“One of the speedboat’s crew, Naradon Tongdee, 20, who was the one who started the engine causing Mr Li’s injuries, has since been charged with recklessness causing the death of another person,” He added.

Sub Lt Suwan Tuamsri from Krabi Tourist Police was called to investigate an incident at around midday last Thursday where it had been reported that Mr Li had suffered injuries to his left leg an right ankle when hit by the propeller of a speedboat engine. (See story here.)



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Kurt | 12 July 2016 - 11:09:51

samhayman, yes, you are right.
Again a typical case of 'Do first, think/look later'
Actual the skipper of that boat is responsible, he should have a 'start engine protocol' for his crew to follow. ( before you start engine, check or the stern is clear)
I also think that this boat boy Naradon just gets a slap on the wrist.
No jail time, not even a fine. From a frock you can not ...

Ed Sanders | 12 July 2016 - 10:44:02

My god... an 18 year old kid on vacation loses his life at the hands of another ignorant, reckless and untrained moron.  Clearly, nothing will ever change unless, as Christy mentioned, the money starts to dry up. I would not be the least bit surprised if this retard driver is back on another boat as we speak. I can't begin to imagine the grief caused by this tragic event.

samhayman | 11 July 2016 - 22:14:23

Lost count of how many times this has happened in Thailand. I guess there's no real penalty for injuring or killing tourists in Thailand. I bet Naradon Tongdee gets away without any jail time.

Christy Sweet | 11 July 2016 - 19:27:49

Unbelievable. Is this like the 6th person in as many months? Maybe time for the Chinese to ban travel to Die-land. Decreased profits will get the The Thai to start paying attention to safety - 'cause nothing else will. 

Bigaresort | 11 July 2016 - 14:51:33

Perhaps he just try'd to go back on board of the same boat.Other wise the driver of the boat would not have been charged!Logic!

Kurt | 11 July 2016 - 14:50:34

@ thailandandy: The boy did swim back to the swim ladder at the back of the speed boat, just beside the engine ( see photo).
The speedboat was in the swimming area.

Before a boat crewmember of a moored boat starts a engine, he should convince himself that there are no people approaching that ladder beside the engine.
Actually it needs a 2nd crewmember to be at the stern to look out for that a...

thailandandy | 11 July 2016 - 12:03:56

why did he swim in the speedboat area and NOT in the swimming area ???

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