Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Anchor-wielding jet ski operator wanted by Phuket police

PHUKET: -- Police are on the hunt for an anchor-wielding jet ski operator who allegedly swung the heavy anchor at a German tourist, narrowly missing his head.

Karon Police Pol Lt Sathaporn Seenun told The Phuket News that the trouble began around 6pm on Monday at Kata beach, when the jet ski operator finished work for the day.

He was dragging his jet ski from the sea and put it on a trailer. He then drove the car away with the trailer attacked, and the wheels of the trailer allegedly drove over the German tourist’s belongings, including a helmet the tourist was renting for a motorbike.

Police said the German tourist then approached the jet ski operator, asking him to compensate for the broken helmet.

Unable to come to an agreement, the German man then started to walk away, when he saw the jet ski operator chasing him down the beach with an anchor in his hand. The man swung the anchor at the German, narrowly missing his head.

The chase ended when the jet ski operator realised his actions had been seen by people on the beach, and he ran away.

A witness told police the jet ski operator was Thai, tanned, and of large build. He also gave details of how the attack happened.
Nattha Thepbamrung