Norwegian the Only Scandinavian Hospitalized After Thai Boat Crash

A Norwegian man, Thiyakaraja Sivakkolunthu, 49, from Groruddalen, Oslo in Norway, was among the injured and hospitalized, after two speedboats collided in Thailand. Marine Police on Koh Samui informs to that of the four Scandinavian nationalities, there was only this one Norwegian on board. Mr. Sivakkolunthu, who is originally a Tamil from SriLanka, is currently admitted to Bangkok Hospital Samui.
There are normally many Scandinavians taking part in the Full Moon parties at the island Koh Phanang north of Koh samui in Thailand. As 42 revelers were injured, 39 of who were hospitalized, mostly Australians, Britons, Thais, but also a Singaporean, Taiwanesse, Malaysian, Irish, and Israeli tourist was on board. One person is listed as “unknown” nationality.
The injured were rushed to hospitals on the nearby resort island of Samui and on the mainland in Surat Thani province, Adipong told AP.
It is feared some of the passengers from the boat are missing following the collision.
Thousands of people flock to the area to take part in beachside full moon parties which involve dancing, drinking, watching jugglers, fire-eaters. Sadly, the some party goers have also been arrested in the possession of drugs.
The Norwegian was on board one of the boats bringing the guests back from the full moon party.  The boats collided about five kilometers off the coast of Koh Phangan, local media reported.
Passengers suffered minor injuries including cuts, abrasions and shock after they were thrown into the sea from the force of the collision. But at least two had broken legs and some had suspected fractured ribs.
The Nation newspaper said of those injured two passengers had suffered serious head injuries.

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