Man drowns in Phuket jet-ski accident

A man has died after falling off from a jet-ski at a lagoon in Thalang yesterday (June 21)

Thalang Police were notified about the incident at a lagoon on Srisoonthorn Road near the Valley Housing estate in Thalang at 4.30pm. Phuket Marine Police, diving rescue workers and the Thalang Police were involved in the search for the body.

The search was taking many hours, hampered by the approaching sunset and the muddy waters. Lighting and air tanks with three more diving teams from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Phuket Office were called to the scene.

At 10.20pm the man’s body was found in 9 metre deep waters in the lagoon. The body was taken to Thalang Hospital for further examination. The deceased jet-skier was identified as 34 years old Thai man Eakkachai Thonnam.

Capt Jaras Lempan of the Thalang Police says, “Mr Eakkachai is a mechanic at the Yamaha Company in Koh Kaew. He went on the jet-ski at the lagoon to test the vessel after he had conducted repairs. He wasn’t wearing a life jacket and he couldn’t swim well, according to his workmates. While he was making a turn on the jet-ski, he fell off in the middle of the lagoon.”

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PHOTOS: Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation

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