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Phuket boat mechanic dies after getting neck caught in engine

PHUKET: A 30-year-old boat mechanic died yesterday when his neck became caught in the boat’s engine while carrying out routine maintenance on the vessel.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 25 September 2018, 10:21AM


At 7:30pm yesterday (Sept 24) Chalong Police was notified that a body had been found inside the engine compartment of the Blueket catamaran docked at Chalong Pier.

Lt Col Khanan Somrak from the Chalong Police together with other officers, Phuket Ramjai Rescue Foundation members and officials from the Tourist Assistance Centre arrived at the scene to find the body of boat mechanic Wanchai Yuttasang, 30, inside the engine compartment with his neck stuck in the boat’s engine.

It took rescue workers about an hour to remove Mr Wanchai’s body from the boat before transferring in to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.

Upon investigation, the boat’s captain Prasong Jaruk, 39, said that the boat is used to service foreign tourists. At 4:30pm he and his staff, including Mr Wanchai, departed Racha Island and stopped at Coral Island.

Mr Wanchai went to check in the engine compartment as is usual procedure.

When the boat arrived at Chalong Pier the boat’s passengers disembarked. It was then realised that Mr Wanchai had not come out from the engine compartment so they went to investigate.

This is when they discovered the body of Mr Wanchai inside the compartment and called police.

Police believe that Mr Wanchai slipped and fell while entering the engine compartment causing him to fall onto the engine and get his neck caught.

However, officers will investigate further to find out all the facts.

 

 

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Jor12 | 27 September 2018 - 20:03:14

I fail to see the need to write spiteful, hateful comments concerning the unfortunate death of a fellow human being, whilst doing his job . There have been no "relevant comments," given that they are not investigators.

Pauly44 | 26 September 2018 - 20:16:02

DK that's not an opinion regarding the article, it's a sarcastic dig at other posters who actually posted relevant comments, neither of you post any sensible comments worth reading, always the same mind numbing defensive tone with no substance. 

ematt | 26 September 2018 - 19:26:31

OK here’s my opinion: Commenters who habitually spew hateful rhetoric without the benefit of facts are an embarrassment to the expatriate community. What do I “think might have happened”? I wasn’t there. Nor were you, I presume. 

DeKaaskopp | 26 September 2018 - 17:43:55

R2,he gave his opinion already.Why should he waste his time with further speculations ? 

Rorri_2 | 26 September 2018 - 15:59:29

"No need to investigate further. As usual, Ben and Kurt already have the facts," as usual you fail to understand a very BASIC truth... forums are there to express opinions... damn pity you rarely express anything, except to put others down, so, what do you think might have happened, come on, have an opinion.

BigA | 26 September 2018 - 07:23:29

The Story stinks,
I never saw any of this Tour boats actually sailing.They run the engines full time especially on the way back to be there by 4-5 pm.

ematt | 25 September 2018 - 21:05:13

No need to investigate further. As usual, Ben and Kurt already have the facts. 

BenPendejo | 25 September 2018 - 10:58:05

Yeah...he slipped and got his neck caught...a likely story. Probably more like Capt fired up the engine without checking where Khun Wanchai was, or worse yet, he knew exactly where he was.  This is just another instance of the lack of professionalism and safety that plagues the marine industry...and pretty much any industry here in the LOS.  Must have been a nasty way to go...RIP

Kurt | 25 September 2018 - 10:35:54

Engineer when down in engineroom on slippers, no anti slip engine room shoes? No 'observer' ? Crew enough on board. Be dressed for the job, something you hardly see on Phuket.
And during the voyage time Coral Island --> Chalong Pier the engineer was not missed by the boat 'captain' ?  And the police 'believe'.  Phuket 4.0
The boat 'captain' has a lot to answer,...

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