Man dies in super-yacht anchor accident

Man dies in super-yacht anchor accident

PHANGNGA — A Bulgarian man died after his legs were almost severed by an anchor chain in a boating accident at Mu Ko Similan National Park on Sunday.

The incident occurred on the 140-metre-long Cayman Islands-flagged super luxury yacht "Ocean Victory" as it was lowering an anchor in front of the popular Koh Tachai in the afternoon.    

An initial investigation found the 31-year-old Bulgarian, who worked on the boat, was critically injured when the anchor chain accidentally wrapped around his legs above the knees. The force almost severed his legs, Khaosod quoted Chief Petty Officer First Class Watcharin Promruang of the Third Naval Area Command as saying.

The man lost a lot of blood and was in a critical condition when he arrived at Tablamu pier in Phangnga’s Thai Muang district on the yacht’s speedboat. He succumbed to his injuries while being taken to Bangkok Hospital Phuket. 

Tourist police said they will contact the Bulgarian embassy to inform the man’s family.

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