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Russian swimmer hit by speedboat at Patong Beach

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In the latest Phuket maritime incident, a 17 year old Russian swimmer was injured after being struck by a speedboat propellor while swimming outside the designated swimming areas at Patong Beach.

The incident happened on Saturday, June 29, while the tourist was in a no-swimming area used by boats and jet skis. The incident took place just after 10.30am at the southern end of the beach, near the Sea Pearl roundabout on Thaweewong Road.

The Russian woman, who has been named as Daria Chernobay, sustained cuts to her back and right thigh after being struck by the propellor of a speedboat being used for parasailing flights. She was in an area where swimming was forbidden when the collision happened.

Arriving on the scene, Chalermchai Hirsawat, superintendent of Patong Police, found the Russian had been brought ashore by rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation. She was rushed to Patong Hospital and later to Vachira Hospital, but there has been no update from officials on her condition.

It’s not known if the Russian knew of the swimming restrictions in place when she entered the area.

According to the report, the driver of the speedboat did not see her at any point. The authorities have not confirmed if he will face any charges.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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