Aussie vacationer airlifted to Bangkok after fall from Phuket tuk-tuk

PHUKET: An Australian vacationer on vacation in Phuket has been flown to Bangkok to receive therapy after suffering a serious head damage from falling off the back of a tuk-tuk in Patong final night.
Tuk-tuk driver Paiboon Hemwara, 30, informed the Phuket Gazette that he picked up Mr Noble and his spouse at the prime of Soi Bangla at about 9pm.
“We have been heading to their resort. Both of them received into the back, but then her husband climbed out and stood on the back [of the tuk-tuk] and held on to the handles used for getting out and in of the rear cab,” he said.
Template , led by Patong Police Capt Jakkapong Luang-aon, arrived at the scene to seek out Mr Noble unconscious, mendacity in the middle of the street, bleeding from the face.
The accident occurred in front of OTOP Plaza on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Road, not 800 meters to the south of where the couple entered the tuk-tuk.
Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers rushed Mr Noble to Patong Hospital, however he was later transferred to Bangkok Hospital Phuket in Phuket Town.
Patong Police Deputy Superintendent Kittipong Klaikaew informed the Gazette, “We have questioned the spouse and the tuk-tuk driver; we are treating the incident as an accident.
“His travel insurance firm was notified and Mr Noble was flown to Bangkok today to receive hospital remedy there,” he mentioned.
Col Kittipong mentioned that Mr Noble had yet to regain consciousness when he left Bangkok Hospital Phuket right now.
The accident follows latest complaints from tuk-tuk drivers that to be legal underneath Ministry of Transport regulations, all tuk-tuks should have access to the rear cab from the facet of the automobile – not the rear of the automobile.
A representative of one tuk-tuk co-operative complained that it was too expensive to change tuk-tuks that have been in operation earlier than the regulation was launched, citing prices as excessive as a hundred,000 baht to modify a tuk-tuk to make it authorized.
UPDATE: The Phuket Gazette contacted Lt Col Kittipong to inquire about the details as stated on the police report of this case. He informed the Gazette that Mr Nobel’s wife, the one witness, said that her husband was inside the cab, not standing at the again. She said he leaned across the back of the cab to see if the air on the other facet of the compartment would be more comfortable, then accidentally fell out of the car. The driver Mr Paiboon advised police he didn’t witness the accident, but initially presumed he should have been hanging from the again to have fallen from the automobile. [Date of update: August 9, 2012]

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