German Killed In Phuket Flying Boat Crash

(6 February) A German citizen was found dead after his flying inflatable boat crashed into the sea off a beach in Phuket province yesterday.


The man was identified by the authorities as Mr. Bach Georg Erwin, 65.
According to witnesses, Mr. Erwin was seen commuting alone on the ultralight boat around Laem Kha Yai Beach. Prior to the crash, witnesses said, the engine had stopped working, but the German managed to restart it and traveled for another 500 metres before the engine exploded. The boat then crashed into the sea.
A hotel staff who reportedly witnessed the scene said he and other people rushed into the sea to help Mr. Erwin, but it appeared that he was already dead before they could reach him.
Mr. Aroon Solos, Mayor of Rawai Municipality, said Mr. Erwin′s body bore no injuries that were caused by the crashed flying boat, suggesting that he might have been killed by the impact with the water surface.
Autopsy of Mr. Erwin′s body will be conducted as soon as possible, police said. 

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