Saturday, 28 May 2016

5/28/2016 03:19:00 pm
A British man missing following a fatal speedboat accident in Thailand was celebrating his first wedding anniversary with his wife.

Jason Parnell, with his wife Puja

A British man missing following a fatal speedboat accident in Thailand was celebrating his first wedding anniversary with his wife.

Jason Parnell, 46, hasn't been seen since the tragedy near Koh Samui on Thursday, in which three people died including Briton Monica Cozma, 28.

Mr Parnell's wife, Puja, escaped the crash unharmed.

One picture shared on Jason Parnell's instagram account of his holiday in Thailand.

Earlier in the week the couple were seen enjoying beaches, meals and dances together in pictures shared on social media.

One post from earlier this week read: "Happy 1st anniversary to my wonderful wife."

Thirty two tourists and four crew members were on board the Angthong Discovery Tour vessel when it overturned in rough waters and strong winds.

On the way to Lomphraya Pier where the group was supposed to get off, the boat passed the north-western cape named Laem Gagi. This was where the vessel was suddenly struck by a 5-meter-high wave, flipped over and eventually capsized.

The 34 foreign tourists, three Thai crewmen and one Thai tour guide were thrown into the sea. Among them were also four children. Three tourists, the 30 year old Led Ga from Hong Kong, the 29 years old German Kafo Franeiska and Monica CozmaEnglish woman, 28, died on the scene. One other foreign passenger Jason Robert Parnell went missing.

Rescue workers have been searching for missing Briton Jason Parnell

According to travel agent Amm Pontfuk the speedboat had not gone out for three days prior to the accident because of bad weather.

I have sent the manager customers for years, I have known him a long time.

He is very concerned and professional, normally in bad weather he doesn't go out - he did not go out for three days already - and yesterday he thought the weather was OK and that was why he went out.

The wind blew very, very strong and it made the boat go under the waves and flip.

At least three other people were killed when the boat went below the waves.

The accident happened near the island of Koh Samui.

Some passengers were thrown overboard while others became trapped underneath when the vessel capsized, according to a port official.

Rescuers had to use a small axe to smash through the hull to rescue one person.

The boat's captain, Sanan Seekakiaw, said he had asked all tourists to wear a life jacket but that some had taken them off once on the boat.

Mr Seekakiaw was taken into police custody and faces a possible charge of reckless endangerment causing death, which comes with a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Woman killed in speedboat accident 'was on honeymoon'

A British woman who was killed in speedboat accident in Thailand on Thursday was on her honeymoon, according to reports.

Monica O'Connor, 28, and at least two others died when a huge wave capsized their boat off the coast of Koh Samui.

We are supporting the family of a British woman who has sadly died following a boat accident near Koh Samui, Thailand.

We are also supporting the family of a British man who is missing following the same incident. We remain in contact with local authorities in Thailand for further information.

Navy divers are conducting searches for the missing tourists.

UPDATE at 1:30pm: Search continues in Samui for missing Brit Jason Parnell, though bad weather is hampering efforts

Source: ITV

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