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A New Year reveller swings from a tuk-tuk as a woman takes video

Phuket Tourist Seriously Hurt in Patong Tuk-Tuk Tumble

Friday, July 6, 2012
UPDATE

The Australian who fell from a Phuket tuk-tuk has been transferred by air ambulance to Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok for treatment for head injuries.

Original Report

PHUKET: An Australian tourist who tumbled from a Phuket tuk-tuk in the holiday hub of Patong last night is in a coma and fighting for his life today.

Zachary Wade Noble, 30, was seriously injured when he chose to hang from the rear of the local form of public transport while riding back to a resort.

He and his wife are thought to have caught the tuk-tuk after an evening in Patong's Soi Bangla walking street.

Kusoldharm Foundation paramedics treated the Australian after he was flung from the tuk-tuk about 9pm near the Otop shopping centre in Rat-U-Tit 200 Pi Road, not far from the Jungceylon shopping mall.

It is believed his wife was travelling with him. He fell as the tuk-tuk turned into a resort entranceway, Patong police said.

Mr Noble was first treated at Patong Hospital then transferred to the better-equipped Bangkok Hospital Phuket in Phuket City, on the other side of the island.

He was reported to be in a coma and undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit.

Large numbers of Australians visit Phuket at this time of the year, the low tourism season on Phuket but winter back home for many.

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Wear seat bets in cars or get fined 400 baht.
No safety in tuk tuks, fine nothing!
Get rid of the tin boxes and replace them with meter taxis, please.

Posted by Lord Jim on July 6, 2012 10:43

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I feel very sad for this guy and I hope he recovers quickly. But to swing out the back of a tuk tuk is absolute madness. You wouldn't do anything that silly back home.

Posted by Kay Arem on July 6, 2012 11:20

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Lord Jim...as much as I hate these "tin boxes" as you do and would like to see them do a vanishing act....you gotta use some common sense too..don't ya think?

Posted by sky on July 6, 2012 12:16

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Does this Australian come from Darwin?

Posted by Buster on July 6, 2012 13:30

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It makes you wonder sometimes about all the school kids you see hanging out of the back of school buses and
songteaws the same way. Imagine the splat, if one fell off and into the path of an oncoming vehicle . . . Alas no safety awareness here and many decades left to try and instill it among everyone.

Posted by Dun on July 6, 2012 14:17

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Buster, I resemble that remark.
Sadly it is impossible to legislate common sense and this has nothing to do with the tuk-tuk mafia for once.
While anything like this is a tragedy it can also be avoided but a lot of tourist seem to leave common sense at home when packing their luggage.
Maybe they think it will take them over their weight allowance.

Posted by Arthur on July 7, 2012 11:35

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I personally enjoy hanging out of them.. and trains too. I enjoy the sense of freedom and responsibility for my own life. You certainly couldn't do that where I come from without being fined or something silly like that. However, if you are going to do it.. make sure you are confident in your abilities to do so!

Posted by Matt on July 7, 2012 12:05

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-Lord Jim-
Please, do you believe laws and more security possibilitys help a lot and are the answer for a guy who is on holiday, possible filled up -over the top- and wants his kind of fun and show off?
I doubt it!

Posted by Alfred on July 13, 2012 14:01

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No point blaming the Tuk Tuks or driver for this.I feel sorry for the tourist and his wife. I personally like to ride a tuk tuk with it's unique air con system.

Posted by Mal on July 18, 2012 19:31


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