A Jet Ski driver is in custody after an accident that left a Dutch tourist, Wendy Wijmenga, 42 years old in a hospital yesterday, December 13th, 2018 around 1:00PM on Jomtien Beach.
Fellow tourists said that the Dutch lady was about to enter the water at Jomtien when a speeding Jet Ski ran into the beach sending her flying onto the sand.
Sawang Boriboon rescue attended the scene and took her to Bangkok Pattaya Hospital. She appeared to have suffered possible knee and leg fractures.
Driver Pornthiwa Karakate, 22, said he had tried to avoid another tourist swimming in the water and ended up going into the Dutch Tourist at full speed.
He said he had borrowed the Jet Ski from a friend. He had no license.
Police took him away to face charges. Today, December 14th, 2018, Mr. Karakate, Chief of Police Apichai Krobpech, A Deputy Mayor and several other city officials visited Miss Wijmenga in the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.
The City donated 20,000 baht towards her recovery and gave her flowers and apologized for the incident.
City officials, Chief of Police Apichai Krobpech, a deputy mayor and the Thai man who crashed his jet ski into a female tourist from the Netherlands while she was standing on the beach visited her at the hospital today. Ms. Wendy Wijmenga, 42 years old, remains in the hospital with significant fractures to her right knee. She is in high spirits and recovering quickly. City officials donated 20,000 baht to her to assist with her medical treatment and also gave her a bouquet of flowers. The man who hit her, who stated he lost control and it was an accident, apologized and gave her a personal apology letter.
Posted by The Pattaya News on Friday, 14 December 2018