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Search underway for British kayaker who fell into Surat Thani reservoir

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A search is underway for a British tourist who fell from a kayak and disappeared in a Surat Thani reservoir. The incident happened at Rajjaprabha Dam, in the Ban Ta Khun district of Surat Thani, yesterday morning, February 11.

The unnamed 24 year old fell into the water at around 9am while kayaking with a friend. It’s understood he entered the water around 50 – 60 kilometres from the crest of the dam. The incident took place around 500 metres from Kraisorn Raft House, where the water is around 50 metres deep.

A search operation involving 4 scuba divers is underway, according to a Bangkok Post report.

Local park director Worapote Lomlim says the man and a friend had stayed at the Kraisorn Raft House the night before. They went out on kayaks the following morning, but the Briton’s companion returned sometime later, saying his friend had fallen in the water.

According to Worapote, the Briton fell in at the deepest point in the reservoir. Divers have little to no visibility a few metres deep. Worapote adds that the tourists hadn’t registered to take the kayaks, as is required, and neither was wearing a lifejacket.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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