Speedboat Propeller Severs Tourist’s Leg

An injured man is helped out of the water Wednesday morning off Koh Phi Phi Lee in Krabi province.

KRABI — A speed boat seriously injured two Russian tourists as they were snorkeling near Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Lee this morning.

The leg of one man, identified as a 30-year-old Russian national, was severed by the propeller of the boat, which was traveling from Nopparat Thara Beach to Maya Bay when it hit the two men.

The second man, 48, also received a serious injury to his leg, police Lt. Col. Jetsada Chanpum said.

Both men were given first aid and sent to a hospital for treatment.

Boat operator Adisorn Denmamood, 27, told police he was carrying about 30 passengers in the twin-engine Sunsan 2 when he struck the two men.

Adisorn will be charged with recklessness, Jetsada said.

It’s high season for tourism, which means the Phi Phi islands are seeing some of their busiest traffic of the year.

On Friday, five Chinese tourists were injured when two speedboats collided near Koh Phi Phi Lee.

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