THE PAVILIONS PHUKET EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

‘Shark attack’ off Hua Hin beach prompts investigation

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources will send a patrol team to survey areas off a Hua Hin beach after a tourist was reportedly bitten by a shark, and video apparently showed sharks in the sea.

animalsaccidentshealthmarinetourism
By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 18 April 2018, 08:49AM


Senior officials visit a Norwegian tourist who sustained injuries while swimming off a beach in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan. Authorities have yet to conclude whether he was bitten by a shark. Photo: Chaiwat Satyaem

Senior officials visit a Norwegian tourist who sustained injuries while swimming off a beach in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan. Authorities have yet to conclude whether he was bitten by a shark. Photo: Chaiwat Satyaem

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.

Central Phuket

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.

Read original 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:

crispy | 18 April 2018 - 10:39:26

Just recently there were two attacks on surfers of the west Australian coast possibly great whites as they frequent the areas, in some bays where the whaling stations were years ago sharks still frequent so what you say k is probably valid .there in the water you know they are there somewhere and you takes your chances ,here a shark attack is normally fatal and 5 mtr sharks are not uncommon.

Kurt | 18 April 2018 - 09:48:37

There have been always sharks at Hua Hin coastal area.
Remember the Hua Hin sea food piers?
Left over food was/is always thrown in the sea beneath, easy way to get rid of it.
Sharks were waiting to do their job. 
Sharks have memory. They also sniff around the area in day time.
For sure local Authorities know that. Nice funny PR to call in now marine experts for something well known.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Kata Rocks ends the use of plastic straws

I am sorry hinny,but where did i defend Thailand and his environmental problems in my comments? I wa...(Read More)


Australia kills four sharks after tourist attacks

So 4 poor sharks die for nothing. About the same as police going and shooting 4 street dogs after a...(Read More)


Kata Rocks ends the use of plastic straws

So your argument is Singapore is less considerate towards the environment than Thailand as they use ...(Read More)


Final preparations being made to raise ’Phoenix’

"Can't wait until the news of the final salvage is posted on here or why needing a daily up...(Read More)


Japanese tourist, 62, drowns at Karon Beach

Yeah...lifeguards at Karon are pathetic...lazy and not worthy of the job they hold. Just beach bums ...(Read More)


Final preparations being made to raise ’Phoenix’

Can't wait until the news of the final salvage is posted on here or why needing a daily update o...(Read More)


Kata Rocks ends the use of plastic straws

But if they are so environmentally aware hinny,how come they still using plastic straws at all in Si...(Read More)


Final preparations being made to raise ’Phoenix’

"Kurt why you dont just go there and find it out by yourself" what is wrong with kurt aski...(Read More)


Police arrest three drug suspects on the same Phuket Town street

The problem with any Thai "mafia" is they are often protected by high level officials....(Read More)


Police arrest three drug suspects on the same Phuket Town street

"Are people really thinking arresting drug-lords would change something" makes a lot more ...(Read More)


 

Melbourne Cup 2018