Italian expat involved in Phuket boat collision that leaves local fisherman, 74, with serious injuries

PHUKET: An Italian expat is now under investigation after injuries from a boat collision with a longtail boat off Koh Bon, off Phuket’s southeast coast, this morning (Apr 14) left a 74-year-old fishermen in serious condition.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 14 April 2019, 01:32PM

The Phuket Tourist Rescue Centre was notified of the incident at 10:30am.

The fisherman, 74-year-old Rawai resident San Mali, was brought to Chalong Pier, where an ambulance was waiting to rush him to the Accident & Emergency Centre at the yet-to-open Chalong Hospital.

Mr San was later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.

However, initial reports gave no description of the injuries.

The Italian, 64-year-old Jojo* Nastri, has now been to asked to explain to the Phuket Marine Office and the Chalong Police his description of what happened on the water leading to the collision.

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He is also to present to officials all permits and documentation proving the legality of the boat.

At this stage it appears Mr Nastri was alone on the boat at the time of the collision.

The collision is also so far the only boating incident in Puhket that has resulted in injury during the Seven Days of Danger safety campaign for the Songkran Thai New Year holidays.

* The Italian Man's name was later confirmed by police as Giorgio Nastri, not "Jojo" as initally provided.



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DeKaaskopp | 16 April 2019 - 23:14:55

Oh K,Oh K,must be hard keeping an overview if there are so many pictures.The  man in the blue shirt is not the Italian.Look at picture 2 or 3. Is that shirt blue???The person in the blue shirt is probably someone from the Tourist Rescue Center.Same people who were on board of that Italian man when they tugged away that other boat.Simple,or?

Kurt | 16 April 2019 - 12:01:34

On photos we can see part of the boat of the italian man  tugging the fisherman boat. And we can see the back of the italian man in his blue shirt.

DeKaaskopp | 16 April 2019 - 11:14:59

"Actually photos show the Italian man was rescuing/saving thai man and his boat" What photos? On this site? Can't see a photo on here showing the Italian rescuing him.
...Things like "Mr.N appears to be alone on his boat"Creating  a excuse atmosphere for the Thai involved"  LOL,you can't be for real!!

Kurt | 15 April 2019 - 20:07:39

Actually, photos show the italian man was rescuing/saving thai man and his boat.  Complete according international sea laws. Not sailing/ 'running' away. 

Kurt | 15 April 2019 - 19:59:24

Khun D. reaction; Well, it are always thai Officials who talk about 'being fair'.The opposite than happens at the end. To pull matters into racial context is weird. Is here a inferiority complex playing?Many times thai officials say something between 'nose and lips', things like "Mr N appears to be alone on his boat".  Creating a excuse atmosphere for the thai involved. 

Sir Burr | 15 April 2019 - 16:16:32

Another news source is saying the fisherman is 45 years old. Which is it, 74, or 45?
Also, it looks like the long-tail wasn't powered by an engine, but, by oars.

[We have been given a copy of the Thai man's ID card, which gives his date of birth as Dec 22, 1944. However, we have not been given any copies of ID documents for the Italian man, who one commentator has noted his name is Gio...

DeKaaskopp | 15 April 2019 - 15:49:29

Doesn't look like "same category"of boats to me.Maybe a real expert could give the answer? And as someone is concerned about "fairness". Has this maybe something to do with a foreigner of his own race is involved and the posters own feelings of being persecuted or unfairly treated here ?

BenPendejo | 15 April 2019 - 10:04:28

Police have to love this kind of case...optimum fleecing opportunity. I have spent lots of time in boats all over the world, and it always baffles me how boat operators don't have the skills or awareness to avoid a collision in open water.  Seems like it can only be from being asleep at the switch or maybe pouring yourself another drink or digging around in the cooler for another beer.

Kurt | 14 April 2019 - 16:03:50

Seen both boats on the photos, they both are in the same category. Guess also the fisherman has to present documentation and certification of ability to sail a boat. ( including a health certificate seen his age). Also the fisherman was alone on his boat. This has to be a fair investigation by officials who know about the 'rules of the road' at sea. Wish fisherman speedy recovery.

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