Sunday 15 September 2019

Golfers drown in river after buggy crash with their wives

The two men had been staying at an exclusive resort in northern Thailand (Rui Vieira/PA)
The two men had been staying at an exclusive resort in northern Thailand (Rui Vieira/PA)

Carla de Wintours

The bodies of two South Korean men who drowned while golfing in northern Thailand have been found, police said, after their wives' buggy collided with their own, knocking them into a river.

The group were on a ferry preparing to cross the river that runs through the course when the men - who were in one buggy - were accidentally rammed by their wives in another.

The impact threw them all into the muddy waters, said district police Lieutenant Colonel Suwat Suawatmontri.

The women were promptly rescued by nearby fishermen.

More than 50 rescue workers from the military and police were involved in the search for the missing men - Sung Jun-yong (68) and Ha Jae-oong (76).

One body was found last night about 2km from the accident site, while the other was found by villagers yesterday morning "floating near a temple", Mr Suwat said. "Their wives said both were able to swim but I think the cause of drowning was the strong undercurrent," he added.

The two couples arrived in Thailand on Christmas Eve for a holiday.

Thailand typically draws more than 35 million visitors each year.

But tourism took a hit in 2018 after a ferry carrying Chinese tourists in southern Thailand sank in July, causing the deaths of 47 people.

Irish Independent

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