PHUKET – Thai police lieutenant Patiwat Yodkhwan told reporters on Tuesday that Thomas Keating, the boyfriend of Australian woman Emily Collie, who was killed when two jet skis crashed in waters off Phuket, will be charged with reckless driving causing death.
Thomas Keating, 22, and his girlfriend, Emily Jayne Collie, 20, were riding jet-skis near Kata Beach at 4:45pm on Sunday when they collided in the water at high speed leaving Ms Collie with severe injuries to her neck and shoulders and was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.
Mr Keating suffered minor injuries when the two jet-skis collided.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to Ms Collie’s family, as well as Mr Keating and his family.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Patiwat told the Phuket News the owner of the jet-skis did not want any payment for damage to the machines, saying “he wants Phuket to have a good reputation as a holiday destination.”
Under an insurance policy that was taken out for the couple’s rental, Ms Collie’s family will be entitled to a payment of 50,000 Thai baht ($1867).
Following Sunday’s accident Marine Police, Royal Thai Navy officers, Phuket lifeguards and Kata Police went to the area to check the legality of the jet-ski operators.