A speeding jet ski collided with a longtail boat, resulting in the death of its three passengers in the Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan this Saturday.
Prior to the unfortunate event, a group of four jet skiers was speeding through Khlong Nong Ngu Hao near Soi Wat Sri Wareenoi around 10:30am.
Suddenly, one jet skier lost control, tumbling into the water, causing his jet ski to smash into an oncoming longtail boat.
The impact of the collision resulted in the deaths of the boat driver and two passengers.
The deceased were later named as Warisara Saengchan, 29; Sarawut Oumwongprem, 28; and Krisada Worasukhang, 30.
A witness, aged 45, informed the police that he observed four jet skis speeding in the canal.
One was affected by the wake of another, causing its driver to leap out, only for the jet ski to subsequently crash into the longtail boat, he recounted.
Warisara’s grieving father, Somphong, 61, expressed his profound sorrow over the loss of his sole daughter, lamenting her untimely death at such a young age with so much ahead of her.
The responsible jet ski driver, known as Rabin, 31, faces charges of causing death and damage due to negligence.
During his police interview, he experienced chest discomfort and was taken to a medical facility.
A Marine Department representative lodged a complaint against Rabin for operating the jet ski without the necessary authorization.
This oversight may result in a fine of up to 10,000 baht and driving without a proper license could lead to an additional fine ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 baht or potential imprisonment of up to half a year.