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

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.

accidentsdeathChinesetransportpolicemarine
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.

“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.)

 

 

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:

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!
Horst

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 ???

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phoenix ‘off limits to outsiders’ while police inspect wreck

In the aftermath of the sinking disaster, it seems that Thailand's now desperate to do anything ...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Actually, about floating kratongs, in de past there were just a few in villages, But now look the ne...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Timi,if you would be a little bit more attentive,you would have seen that my response wasn't reg...(Read More)


Suspect locks up duty warden, escapes police cell

Hahaha, This was not fair! More than 200 people looking after him. Guess that Senior Sgt Maj gets de...(Read More)


Phuket Airport toilets dubbed ’Best in Thailand’

Fantastic to pat yourself on your Phuket toilet business shoulder, true or not. Have no words for it...(Read More)


Suspect locks up duty warden, escapes police cell

You couldn’t make this stuff up could you !! ...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Dek, my comment was in regards to the article about the flying lanterns not the floating Kratongs, w...(Read More)


Disaster officials warn of heavy rain in Phuket

Again a weather warning? That can't be. The guy from the Phuket Water Authority said that due to...(Read More)


Low water levels at Phuket reservoir spur concerns for drastic water-saving measures

I'm fascinated that "Fascinated" cannot see the relevance between increased tourism an...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Thailand needs to wake up and realize its part of the world and international community, most count...(Read More)