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Pattaya rescuer hospitalised after being startled by a Python

Photo by The Pattaya News.

A python scared a Pattaya rescuer out of his truck early on Wednesday morning, resulting in a head injury for the poor rescuer.

A team from the Pattaya Emergency Responder Unit had gone to the Pattaya Park Hotel hotel on Soi 12 to collect the 4 metre long snake from a tree.

The team successfully stuffed the snake into a fertiliser sack. They then loaded it onto their truck’s bed to transport it to a new spot far away from the residential area.

Two rescuers volunteered to sit on the truck’s bed to keep an eye on the naughty python. One of those rescuers was 48 year old Nikorn Nakprasit.

As the truck drove down the road, the sneaky creature suddenly escaped, shocking Nikorn. Nikorn fell backward from the truck and hit his head, according to his friend sitting with him, Yuttanan Fuengfoo. Yuttanan said Nikorn had been sitting on the rim of the truck’s bed.

Rescuers from Sawang Boriboon then rushed Nikorn to Pattaya Hospital.

Meanwhile, the python was safely released back into nature, The Pattaya News reported.

Pythons get into human areas in Pattaya from time to time. In July last year, a huge python slithered its way into a drainage pipe of a school near South Pattaya’s Wat Chaimongkol Market.

In the same month, another python entered a Pattaya home, terrifying the house owner. The owner, 34 year old Sukanya Boonla, said she saw the 5 metre long beast behind a water tank.

She said…

“It was very big, so I just ran and called for help.”

Video footage showed the rescuers cautiously handling the snake, lifting a long stick that the snake is coiled around. The rescuers took about 30 minutes to deal with the python.

After Pattaya’s latest python drama, hopefully, Nikorn will recover from his head injury soon.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.