Russian tourist loses leg to speedboat in southern Thailand

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Posted: Feb 03, 2016 5:31 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Russian tourists were badly injured Wednesday at a Thailand beach resort when a speedboat's propeller severed one man's leg and cut deep gashes in the other man's leg, police said.

The men, believed to be in their 30s, were struck while they were diving off Phi Phi island in Krabi province.

Police Lt. Col. Jetsada Janpum said the operator of the speedboat had been detained for questioning.

"Their condition is not good and we are holding off on interrogation." said Jetsada, chief of the island's police station.

Last month, a French woman died from being struck in the head by a boat while snorkeling in Krabi. At least three other foreign tourists have died so far this year in swimming-related accidents in southern Thailand.

The Phuket Gazette newspaper reported that a Chinese tourist died Tuesday while snorkeling in the Racha Island about 12 kilometers (7 miles) south of Phuket. The report said the tour company that arranged his boating trip was being investigated to see if it had provided the required guide to supervise the diving.