Department deputy chief Sophon Thongdee said so far there has been no confirmation that a Norwegian tourist sustained injuries from a shark attack while swimming at Sai Noi Beach in Hua Hin on Sunday (Apr 15).
Authorities had not yet reached a conclusion on the case, Thai media reported, despite the tourist’s severe wounds and a video clip apparently showing sharks swimming in the area near Sai Noi Beach.
The clip was posted by the abbot of Wat Kham Khao Tao to warn tourists about a possible shark attack.
Phra Khru Boonya Piram, abbot of Wat Tham Khao Tao, said the clip drew mixed reaction online. Some said that it might cause panic among tourists visiting Hua Hin.
He had did not intend to affect tourism, said the abbot, but just wanted to warn people to take extra caution while swimming.
He said he has lived in the temple for more than 20 years and saw several sharks swimming in waters in front of the temple in February this year.
After hearing that a tourist had sustained injuries from a shark bite while swimming at Sai Noi Beach near his temple, he then took a video of sharks and posted it online to warn people, said the abbot.
Deputy Prachuap Khiri Khan governor Chotnarin Kerdsom said he has coordinated with all relevant agencies to survey the area where the tourist sustained injuries, and to seek information from the abbot.
Images of the tourist’s wounds were being examined by marine experts to find out whether they were from shark bites.
The deputy governor yesterday (Apr 17) took officials to visit the 54-year-old Norwegian at Bangkok Hua Hin Hospital.
Dr Pongsak Boonyaleephan, assistant director of the hospital, said the tourist was admitted on Sunday evening with severe wounds to his left foot. The patient was given 19 stitches and his wounds gradually improved, said the doctor.
Ms Amornrat Paeng-nga, wife of the injured tourist, said her husband did not want to blame anyone for what happened. She wanted to thank people who rushed her husband to a hospital.
Her family loved Hua Hin, said the woman, and the incident would not discourage them from coming back to visit every year.
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