Swimmer hit by speedboat in Phuket

Patong Beach in Phuket. (Bangkok Post File Photo)
Patong Beach in Phuket. (Bangkok Post File Photo)

A 17-year-old Russian tourist sustained leg injuries after being hit by a speedboat propeller while she was swimming outside the designated area at Patong beach on Saturday.

Police and rescue workers rushed to the beach near the Sea Pearl circle on Thaweewong Road at about 10.30am on Saturday.

When they arrived, lifeguards were helping the tourist, identified later as Daria, 17, who had wounds on her upper right leg and her right foot. She was given first aid before being sent to hospital.

Lifeguards on Patong beach told police that the girl was swimming and accidentally dived under the buoys that are used to mark zones for swimming. Shortly afterward she was hit by the propeller of a speedboat that was driving in the area.

Police were arranging for an interpreter to help the tourist answer questions. They will also call the speedboat driver for questioning.

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  • buoy (noun): an object that floats on top of the water to show ships and boats where it is safe and where it is dangerous -
  • designated: marked, separated, or given a name for a particular purpose - ถูกกำหนด
  • first aid: simple medical treatment that is given to somebody before a doctor comes or before the person can be taken to a hospital - การปฐมพยาบาล
  • interpreter: someone who changes what someone else is saying into another language - ล่าม
  • lifeguard (noun): a person who is employed at a beach or a swimming pool to rescue people who are in danger in the water - ผู้ดูแลความปลอดภัยในการทำกิจกรรมนันทนาการทางน้ำ และช่วบชีวิตคนตกน้ำ
  • propeller: a device which causes a ship or aircraft to move, consisting of two or more blades which turn round at high speed - ใบพัด
  • questioning: when the police asks a person questions in the investigation of a crime -
  • rescue worker: a person who save someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
  • wound: an injury in which your skin or flesh is damaged - บาดแผล

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