British tourist missing after rafting accident

PHANG-NGA: (Gazette, KomChadLuek) A 22-year-old Scottish tourist has been missing in Phang Nga for two days and is presumed to have drowned after an accident while white-water rafting.

Shenaz Kapoor was in a rubber raft with three other foreign tourists and two Thai guides in the area of the Song Phraek waterfall when the raft capsized.

The other five people were rescued by local villagers but there has been no sign of Ms Kapoor since the accident on Tuesday.

Rescuers including the police, Border Patrol Police, officers from Phang Nga Provincial Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (ODPM), the tour company that arranged the trip, and local villagers have searched in vain for the young woman.

The ODPM has requested the help of a team of divers from Tab Lamu Naval Base in Phang Nga.

Pol Lt Col Patipharn Wisal, Inspector of Song Phraek Police Station told the Gazette that recent heavy rain had caused the river to run very swiftly, hampering rescue efforts.

Representatives from the British Embassy in Bangkok have been co-ordinating with local police to assist in the search.

Phuket News

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