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A 23-year-old American woman is in hospital in Krabi after falling down a mountain last night while fleeing a man she says was sexually harassing her. The woman suffered with her injuries, which include possible broken legs, in the wild overnight until a search party found her this morning.
The American woman, who police named as tourist Hannnah Michel Gavios, is now recovering at Krabi Hospital.
Mr Nitiphat said the incident happened at about 11pm.
“Officials received a call reporting that a tourist had been injured after she had fallen down a mountain in the Railay area,” he explained.
“Rescue workers were searching for her last night, but they could not find her, so this morning we when out to search again and discovered her lying in between rocks about 45 metres from the trail at the top of the mountain. She was only 15 metres from the water below,” he said.
Rescue workers reported that Ms Gavios could not feel anything in her legs, Mr Nitiphat said.
“Ms Gavios is experiencing numbness on both of her legs and doctors have yet to confirm whether either of her legs are broken,” he said.
Ms Gavios told police that she fell while she escaping a man who was sexually harassing her.
National Park, whose officials joined the search said his officers had found the man in question.
“Last night, park officials, Railay residents and people from the local cliff climbing club, all led led by park officer Boonnam Chuyradom, went to look for the victim.
“They found one man, later identified as Apai Raingworn, who admitted that he had made sexual advances toward a tourist while taking her from Railay to Tonsai,” he said.
Apai told officers that the woman panicked and ran away, causing her to fall down the mountain, Chief Sarayuth explained.
“The officers took the man into custody and then took him to Ao Nang Police Station,”
Lt Col Piyapong Boonkaew of Ao Nang Police told The Phuket News, “We questioned 28-year-old Apai Raingworn from Trang and took a statement from him.
“He admitted to the incident and has some scratches on his body. No charge has been filed, we are waiting to question the victim,” Col Piyapong said.
The American Embassy has been notified of the incident.