KOH SAMUI – Thanankorn Trabanpruek, chief of the disaster prevention and mitigation office in Surat Thani said rescue workers battled rough seas on Saturday as they resumed the search for a missing British man after a speedboat accident that left three foreign women dead.
Three women — from the United Kingdom, Germany and Hong Kong — died in the accident after being trapping under the speedboats hull.
The missing British man, identified as Jason Robert Parnell was travelling with his wife Puja, who survived the accident, he added. The couple were holidying on Samui to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.
Four tourists — from the UK, Australia, Germany and Romania — were hospitalised on the island for injuries sustained during the accident, said staff at Samui hospital.
As of Friday the four people remained in hospital, one with a broken shoulder and another with a skull fracture. The other two suffered from lack of oxygen and were being monitored for lung infections.
The British Foreign Office said: â€œWe are supporting the family of a British woman who has sadly died following a boat accident near Koh Samui, Thailand. We are also supporting the family of a British man who is missing following the same incident. We remain in contact with local authorities in Thailand for further information.â€
The boat’s captain, Sanan Seekakiaw, was arrested by the police following the incident and couldÂ faceÂ aÂ possible charge of reckless endangerment causing death, which carries a 10-yearÂ prison sentence.
Mr Sanan said he had asked all tourists to wear life vests but that some had taken them off during the journey.