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Indian Actress Smashed, Wounded by Tumbling Jet-Ski in Krabi

Sunday, July 6, 2014
PHUKET: An Indian actress has been injured in a jet-ski crash in Krabi - a province where jet-skis are supposedly banned - according to a report in an Indian media outlet.

The Times of India says that Kavita Kaushik is now recovering in Mumbai after her holiday was upturned in the Thai beauty spot that is a back-to-nature neighbor of better known Phuket, where jet-skis still flourish.

She will need more surgery because of a six-stitch wound, the news outlet says. A large wave flipped the jet-ski and dumped it on Ms Kaushik's head, the outlet says.

The 33-year-old actress is being quoted as saying: ''I fell off my jet ski and it landed on me. The nose of the ski banged on my forehead and there was a deep gash.

''I kept going deeper, with blood streaming down my face. Since my hand was strapped to the ski, I couldn't do much.

''As I was pulled to the surface, I could hear people screaming in terror.

''I was rushed to a hospital and got six stitches on my forehead. I was so much in pain, I had no idea what was happening.''

An explanation as to how a jet-ski crash could happen in Krabi, where jet-skis are banned, is being sought.

Ms Kaushik is apparently not put off from further adventures.

''Tough girls do get hurt,'' she is quoted as saying. ''The only regret I have is, I was not able to skydive after this accident. I was really looking forward to it.''

Authorities on Phuket are believed to be considering the future of all jet-skis operating on the island in the aftermath of a crackdown on vendors aimed at returning beaches to their natural state.

Ms Kaushik is best known for playing the role of Chandramukhi Chautala on a long-running television sitcom and has won many awards.

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One can only dream when there are no Jet-Ski's. Wasn't the plan to phase them out meant to have happened 3+ years ago?
The nasty accident of an Indian Celebrity, should awaken the Junta's Wrath.

Posted by Tbs on July 6, 2014 09:12

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In the NCPO's push to return Phuket beaches back to the people, I hope they ban jet-skis altogether. They have got to be the most obnoxious things ever, including the meatheads that ride and rent them. In general, only a relative few engage in jet-ski activity, but everyone on the beach has to suffer the incessant noise they create, as well as the consistent assault to our respiratory systems from their exhaust, and the lingering stench of marine gas left in their wake. I was at the north end of Patong with my family last week, and the entire beach stunk of fuel and exhaust. We left and will never return.

Posted by Ed Sanders on July 6, 2014 10:11

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They should just dedicate a zone on a beach somewhere away from the popular one where if people want to use them they can go. Having them all operate from the one spot will allow authorities to control them.

Posted by Manowar on July 6, 2014 13:07

Editor Comment:

Control has proven to be impossible.

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6 stitches equals ''smashed'' Thats more than a little exaggerated methinks..The joys of being a 'celeb'i figure.

Posted by DwayneD on July 6, 2014 13:30

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Yet another example why jet-skis should be banned. The risks certainly outweigh the benefits.

Posted by reader on July 6, 2014 18:20

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She was riding the jet ski, which by implication she rented. An illegal act in Krabi. People who get hurt either financially or physically by renting a jet ski got only themselves to blame. Hope other people learn from her lesson

Posted by Guenter Bellach on July 6, 2014 19:00

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Just a follow-up comment, today I was surfing in Kalim, when these idiots on jet-skis came zig-zagging right in front of the surfers, which not only was a huge safety issue, but once again left our surf area choking in their stinking exhaust, with the oily stench lingering in the water land after they raced back to Patong. One rider was a local jet-ski thug with a farang tourist girl on the back drinking a beer (I wonder where that empty bottle went). Overall, jet-skis are NOT compatible with any other non-motorized water activities (swimming, surfing, snorkling...etc). If people want to ride jet-skis, there should be a designated area, preferably on the east side of the island, where there jet-ski activities can take place exclusively.

Posted by Ed Sanders on July 6, 2014 22:54

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An outright ban and enforcement of it, for 10 years. Nothing less. Then after 10 years, perhaps re-evaluate should the need arise. No comprises or pussy-footing around will ever be in the interests of Phuket.

Posted by Duncan on July 7, 2014 09:40

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"She was riding the jet ski, which by implication she rented. An illegal act in Krabi. People who get hurt either financially or physically by renting a jet ski got only themselves to blame."

So you're blaming the girl for using services offered openly.

Posted by stevenl on July 7, 2014 10:55


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