A group of Thai tourists believed to be lost accidentally plunged their car into the sea near a pier in Sattahip district. Two women were trapped in the car and eventually were killed due to drowning. Only one car occupant survived.
The accident was reported to Sattahip Police and emergency responders at 4 AM Wednesday morning, October 4th, prompting them to rush to the scene at the Chuk Samet Pier (Sattahip-Koh Samui) in the Saamsan sub-district, Chonburi province.
The incident occurred on a wave-blocking platform in the area leading down to the ferry. Police found traces of a car falling into the sea. Mr. Raweepap Maksara, 20, was discovered at the scene uninjured. He recounted to rescue workers that he and his two female friends had traveled from Bangkok to visit Sattahip for a vacation.
They were driving a bronze Toyota sedan. After completing their trip, they drove to the Saamsan sub-district to drop off one of their female friends.
Mr. Raweepap said he let his friend drive while he sat in the back, and another friend sat beside the driver. However, the driver mistakenly took the wrong road leading to the pier. This led to an argument inside the car, and suddenly, the car plunged into the sea by accident.
Mr. Raweepap expressed that he was shocked but managed to kick down the car window and escape. As for the two friends, the driver, and the person sitting next to the driver, Mr. Raweepap said they were trapped inside the submerged car.
An operation to rescue the trapped victims took place at dawn, October 4th. The car was eventually lifted out of the water at around 7:30 AM, but unfortunately, the two women reportedly did not survive due to drowning. The identities of the deceased have been withheld by relevant authorities pending notification of their family.
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