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Phuket Tourist Wounded in First Quake Exodus Found Dead After Second Alarm

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
PHUKET: The body of a Danish tourist has been found at a resort in Patong during yesterday's earthquake scare.

Resort maid Sommit Suka, 38, found the 46-year-old man dead on the floor of his room about 5pm, around the time people were fleeing Patong again for the second time in five days.

The man was last seen on Wednesday, after the first earthquake scare. He rode off on his motorbike, along with others, in the mass evacuation from Patong into the hills.

Staff at the resort where the man's body was found, in Hasip Pee Road, said he had crashed the motorcycle in escaping, hurting his head during the exodus.

''He was advised to go to hospital but apparently chose not to take that advice,'' police said today. There was no sign of a disturbance and all the man's belongings appeared to be in the room.

Phuketwan has been given a name but will not publish it until we are sure relatives have been notified.

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Two areas of concern in any bike accident is trauma to the head, even with wearing a helmet, the brain still gets a big jolt from the impact with any hard object. The second area of concern, which is often overlooked by medical people is the pericardial sac surrounding the heart. Even a good sized thump to the heart could cause fluid to build up within the sac and then it constricts the heart, until it stops beating. RIP fellow and condolences to your family and friends.

Posted by Robin on April 17, 2012 09:38

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A sad story, especially as it was caused by unnecesary panic, one of many accidents.

Posted by Laurie Howells on April 17, 2012 10:54

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If I lived up on Hasipee road I don't think I would flee from the tsunami. It must be 300 meters above the sea?

Posted by Bert on April 17, 2012 14:50

Editor Comment:

Three hundred metres is stretching it but we get your point. This is why better-quality information is needed in future.

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@ Bert

Hasip Pee road peaks at 94m. The top of the mountain is around 280m.

Another piece of useless information but something that puts plenty of houses on Hasip Pee rd above the legal 80m limit.

Posted by Steve C. on April 17, 2012 15:31


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