Phuket coconut husker’s hand mauled

PHUKET: The new Phuket City Municipality fresh market on Ranong Rd claimed its first emergency early this morning when rescue workers were called to free a young man’s hand that was jammed in a coconut peeling machine.

Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation workers arrived at about 4am and took more than an hour to free the hand, still attached to 19-year-old Burmese worker Mr “A”.

Mr A was new to coconut peeling and not used to operating the machine. The gearwheel caught his glove and pulled his hand down onto a sharp spike that impaled his ring finger.

Rescue workers first used a thick piece of wood and a crowbar to pry apart the small machine to get a better look at the situation.

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The rescuers pried the gearwheel off and Mr A, who had become noticeably weak, pulled his own finger off the spike.

Mr A, who works at a shop in the market that produces fresh coconut milk, was taken to hospital.

It has not been reported whether he will be able to keep his finger.

— Yodsak Jarana

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