Kuwaiti tourist killed in bungee jump accident
A Kuwaiti tourist was killed in a bungee jump accident at the popular Patong beach in Phuket Wednesday evening, police said.
Pol Maj Thirasak Boonsaeng, an officer on duty of Krathu district police station, was alerted by officials of the intensive care unit of Patong Hospital that a foreign tourist had been fatally injured in an accident.
Initially, Thairath Online reported that the tourist was a Ukrainian citizen but Khaosod Online reported he was a Kuwaiti.
Thirasak was informed that Abdullah Adel Kadhmbahman, 25, was injured in a fall from a bungee jump on the Patong beach.
Thirasak informed Patong police chief Pol Col Chaiwat Uikham who rushed to the hospital with a team of policemen.
Police found the body of Kadhmbahman, who was wearing only black shorts, on a bed. Doctors had performed an x-ray and found that he suffered broken neck and broken right lib.
A hospital official said a pick-up truck delivered the tourist and the driver initially claimed that the tourist fainted and passed out. But the hospital staffs did not believe him and pressed for more clarification before the driver admitted that the tourist fell from a bungee jump. The driver then sped off.
Chaiwat then led a team of officers to check the bungee jump machine, which is located on a large field of grass next to a large pool. Officials led police to inspect the spot where the Kuwaiti fell and reporters were not allowed to go into the area.
Chaiwat told reporters after inspecting the scene that a link between the rope that tied the legs of the tourist and the elastic cable of the bungee jump broke off while he was falling down, causing his body to fall to the ground.
Chaiwat said police will investigate that it was an accident or a case of carelessness.