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Police in Pattaya say that the Indian lady, Shilpi Agarwal, who was killed on Wednesday was in Thailand to celebrate her wedding anniversary. The accident happened when the couple were parasailing off a hired speedboat. She was killed by the speed boat’s rotating propeller blade when the boat backed up to retrieve her after she fell into the water when the sail did not inflate.
Police Col. Suwan said that the police planned to press charges against the captain of the boat for causing death by careless actions, a charge that carries a maximum jail term of ten years and or a twenty thousand baht fine.
Pol. Col. Suwan said he wants tour operators to be more careful and that the conditions on the day were slight rain with no wind. Any boat operator driver with any experience would have known that the parasail would not launch on that day he said, but they still took the tourists out to sea.
The accident came shortly after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra encouraged government agencies to ensure the safety of tourists using jet skis, speedboats and taxis.
The police have said that Agarwal’s family will receive 200,000 baht compensation from the operator’s insurance company.