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Man escapes as car plunges into lake

PHUKET: A 23-year-old man escaped from his car without injuries after it plunged into a tin mine lagoon in Koh Kaew yesterday afternoon (Oct 3).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 4 October 2021, 10:58AM

Capt Kruefa Phongsapan of the Phuket City Police said she was notified of the accident, on Route 3030, which joins Thepkrasattri Rd in Koh Kaew with the northern area of Kathu, at 1:50pm.

Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene to find the driver Thanapoom Hukhiao, 23, a resident of Phuket Town, standing safely nearby.

Mr Thanapoom told police that he was driving to Koh Kaew to meet a friend when the front left wheel started shaking, causing him to lose control of the car, a Toyota Vios, which veered off the road and into the lagoon.

He managed to escape via the car door before the car sank, Mr Thanapoom said.

Mr Thanapoom said he believed he was saved by his amulet of Thao Wessuwan hanging around his neck, which he clutched while making his escape from the sinking wreck.

Rescue divers from the Kusoldharm Foundation took about 15 minutes to locate the sunken vehicle in the water, which ranged from three to five metres deep.

A white spoiler was found in the shallow water by the edge of the lake and the car’s windscreen was broken, presumably by its impact with the water, Capt Kruefa said.

A tow truck team was called, who took more than two hours to retrieve the car from the water. The car was then taken to Phuket City Police Station.

Police have yet to conclude their investigation to determine whether Mr Thanapoom would face any charges, Capt Kruefa said.

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JohnC | 05 October 2021 - 10:01:32

Going to have to get me one of these amazing amulets that not only save your life when you touch them but also enable you to quickly make up stories about how the incident happened. Strange that it wasn't brake failure this time, as usual. (I can't call it an accident because most things like this are caused by  incompetent drivers and probably talking on his phone at the time). 

Jim99 | 05 October 2021 - 04:21:35

I can see nine photos!

Christy Sweet | 04 October 2021 - 18:25:19

I no longer own a car but I always had a hammer stowed where I could reach it to break out a window case of submersion into water- he must have gotten the door partially open before it fully sank. I wonder about  auto door locks being unable to be unlocked in such situations along with electric windows not functioning- hence the hammer.

tamvong | 04 October 2021 - 13:28:25

@agogohome There is only one photo

agogohome | 04 October 2021 - 13:00:31

@tamvong Did you not look at all the photos, before commenting! 

tamvong | 04 October 2021 - 11:14:11

The windscreen was broken by the water? Surely you jest. The windscreen isn't even in the water


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