Shark at­tack prompts alert

Bangkok Post - - FRONT PAGE - CHAIWAT SAADYAEM

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Warn­ing signs in Thai, Chi­nese and English will be placed on beaches in Hua Hin district, fol­low­ing re­ports of a Nor­we­gian man be­ing at­tacked by a shark on Sun­day.

Deputy pro­vin­cial gover­nor, Chot­narin Kerd­som, said he had or­dered that the signs be placed on all beaches pop­u­lar among swim­mers.

He also or­dered long nets to be laid to de­mar­cate swim­ming zones.

To pre­vent an­other at­tack, po­lice and life­guards have been de­ployed to keep watch at beaches, Mr Chot­narin told re­porters af­ter vis­it­ing shark at­tack vic­tim Werner Danielsen, 54, in hos­pi­tal.

Mr Danielsen suf­fered ten­don dam­age and re­ceived 19 stitches in his left foot fol­low­ing the at­tack, ac­cord­ing to Dr Pongsak Boonyaleep­han, as­sis­tant to the di­rec­tor of Hua Hin’s Bangkok Hos­pi­tal.

Tourists and swim­mers, mean­while, are be­ing warned against swim­ming in deep wa­ter or at night.

Swim­mers are also be­ing told told not to wear swim­suits of a red­dish or bright orange colour or ones that re­sem­ble fish scales, as these could at­tract sharks, Mr Chot­narin said.

Tourists were also warned to avoid swim­ming alone.

The deputy gover­nor also spoke to Phra Khru Boonya Phi­ram, the ab­bot of Wat Khao Tao tem­ple, who filmed the res­cue of the Nor­we­gian tourist af­ter he was at­tacked by the shark.

As well as show­ing a clip of the res­cue, the ab­bot also posted clip of sharks swim­ming in the sea near his tem­ple.

Mr Chot­narin, said he would send the clips to ex­perts to con­firm whether they were bull sharks as the ab­bot had claimed.

He said Sun­day’s at­tack was “rare” since the last such at­tack was sev­eral decades ago.

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