Irish kiteboarder, 40, drowns at Hua Hin

PUBLISHED ON WED, DEC 20, 2017 6:49 PM

Irish kiteboarder, 40, drowns at Hua Hin

By The Nation

 

c93a80e42e8822b4cfa8a422cf285494.jpeg

 

An Irish tourist has drowned in the sea at Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin District after a kiteboarding accident during rough seas.


Pol Captain Jaruak Khongkarien, Hua Hin Police Station investigative officer, said on Wednesday that police received a report of a drowning in the sea near the beach at Soi Hua Hin 77. When they arrived, they found that the body of a 40-year-old tourist of Irish nationality known only his first name, “Jonathan”, had already been brought back to the beach.

 

From interviews with employees of a nearby kiteboard-hire shop, it was found that Jonathan rented a board to surf alone in the sea at noon. Not long after, tourists on the beach saw that he had made a hand signal asking for help, so shop employees rushed to save him.

 

After reaching Jonathan, the rescue team found that his leg was locked with a buoy used to designate the swimming area. It was reported that there were strong winds and waves that caused the accident and made it very difficult to free the surfer from the buoy.

 

The rescuers told police that when they finally brought Jonathan back to the shore and tried to revive him, he was already dead.

 

Investigative officers concluded that Jonathan had died before his body was brought to the shore. The body was sent to Hua Hin Hospital, while officers contacted his family to inform them of his death.

 

Tourists have been warned against playing watersports in the sea due to the dangerous conditions brought about by the northeastern monsoon and the approaching storm, Kai-Tak.

 

However, it was reported that many tourists ignored the warning and went kiteboarding at Hua Hin and Pranburi beaches, because the strong winds and waves are preferred by kiteboarders.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30334403

 
thenation_logo.jpg
-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-12-20
latest news from Hua Hin

Man held for killing 79-year-old father with axeBy The Nation A man reportedly with mental problems was arrested for allegedly hacking his father to death with an axe at their house in Prachuap Khiri Khan on Thursday. The mother of Samart Thakthuang, 44, called the police to take him away from his...

READ MORE...

A beach in Hua Hin is closed following shark attackBy Thai PBS  Hat Sai Noi beach in Hua Hin where a Norwegian tourist was attacked by a bull shark was temporarily closed and swimmers were forbidden to swim there as a precautionary measure to prevent possible recurrence of shark attacks. Prachuap...

READ MORE...

Hua Hin tackles 1-in-2-million shark threatBy The Nation FILE photo Shark prevention measures will be introduced in the resort town of Hua Hin after a tourist was bitten by a bull shark, even though a marine biologist said there was only a one-in-2-million chance of someone being attacked by a...

READ MORE...

Video: Shark fever gripping Hua Hin - but the funny "Shark Rock" steals the show! video screenshots Thai Rath reported that curious tourists were flocking to the Khao Tao viewpoint in Hua Hin to try to see the sharks in the area. Some have seen the bull sharks and some have been disappointed. One...

READ MORE...
sponsors