SURAT THANI — Alice Louise Davies a 20-year-old British sustained severe leg injuries when she was struck by a boat’s propeller while diving near an island off Koh Phangan district.
The incident occurred on when Alice was taking part in a diving course at Koh Hin Sam Kon, near Koh Nang Yuan in tambon Koh Tao.
Alice and other visitors taking the Scuba Shark dive shop course were reportedly surfacing when a boat carrying diving gear entered the area. Her right leg was struck by the whirling propeller blades.
Paramedics called to the scene said the British tourist’s leg was severely lacerated, with two broken bones, and she had lost a lot of blood.
Alice was given emergency first aid and taken to a hospital on Koh Tao, she was later transferred to Thai International Hospital on Koh Samui.
A doctor said she was out of danger, but was being kept in an intensive care unit.
Koh Tao police investigator Pol Lt Col Napa Saenathip identified the boat that hit her as the Thaniya Namchoke and the driver as Boonrod Klubnark.
He quoted Mr Boonroad as saying the accident occurred when he was backing his boat. The propeller first hit underwater rocks and when he backed again the propeller blades struck the tourist in the leg.
Pol Lt Col Napa said Mr Boonrod and his crew worked for Roctopus dive shop on Koh Tao. After the accident they helped Ms Davies and called rescue workers. They did not attempt to flee the scene as Initial media reports said the boat driver sped off after it hit the woman.
Koh Tao, which is located in the Gulf of Thailand, is a popular diving spot for foreign tourists. However, the idyllic resort island has made national news several times in the past year because of unusual deaths of foreigners.