Bri­tish ac­tor stranded for 3 days af­ter fall

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - International Business -

PAUL Ni­cholls, a Bri­tish ac­tor who starred in the Easten­ders soap opera, was stranded in the wild for three days on a Thai is­land af­ter he fell down a wa­ter­fall and broke his kneecap, a res­cuer said Thurs­day.

Ni­cholls was res­cued July 13 on the Thai re­sort is­land of Koh Sa­mui af­ter vil­lagers no­ticed his rented mo­tor­cy­cle had been parked near the wa­ter­fall for days.

The 38-year-old ac­tor was taken on a stretcher to Sa­mui In­ter­na­tional Hos­pi­tal and later trans­ferred to the gov­ern­ment-run Koh Sa­mui Hos­pi­tal where he is cur­rently be­ing treated.

The head of the res­cue team on Koh Sa­mui, Chaiya­porn Sap­prasert, said the ac­tor could barely move when res­cuers found him af­ter an hours-long search.

Dr. Dulkij Wit­taya­janyapong, di­rec­tor of Sa­mui In­ter­na­tional Hos­pi­tal, said Ni­cholls’ kneecap suf­fered an open frac­ture and the wound was start­ing to pu­trefy be­cause it was un­der wa­ter for more than two days. Dulkij said the open wound would re­quire 14 days of an­tibi­otic in­jec­tions be­fore doc­tors could be­gin to op­er­ate on it. He added that Ni­cholls has yet to pay ini­tial treat­ment fees that stand at 46,000 baht (US$1365/ K1.86 mil­lion).

The dis­trict chief of Koh Sa­mui, Narong Yut­ti­tam, said the ac­ci­dent would not have taken place if Ni­cholls had abided by dan­ger signs placed near the se­cluded wa­ter­fall.

“Ac­ci­dents can hap­pen any­where and at any time if we do not stay vig­i­lant,” Narong said. Ni­cholls also has yet to pay an out­stand­ing bill of 43,831 baht ($1300) at Koh Sa­mui Hos­pi­tal, said its di­rec­tor, Dr. Theerasak Wiriyanont, adding that it would cost a to­tal of around 100,000 baht ($2970) to re­place Ni­cholls’ kneecap. – AP

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