Two South Korean men drown after wives crash into their buggy on Thailand golfing holiday

  • Both vehicles fell into a river, but the women were rescued while the men drowned in the muddy waters
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 December, 2018, 4:54pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 December, 2018, 4:54pm

The bodies of two South Korean men who drowned in a freak golfing accident in northern Thailand have been found, police said on Thursday.

Their wives – who were in one buggy – had accidentally rammed the men as the group were on a ferry preparing to cross the river that runs through the course.

The impact threw all of them into the muddy waters, said district police Lieutenant Colonel Suwat Suawatmontri. The women were promptly rescued by nearby fishermen.

More than 50 rescuers from the military and police were involved in the search for the missing men – Jun Yong-sung, 68, and Jaeoong Ha, 76.

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One body was found last night about 2 kilometres from the accident site, while the other was discovered by villagers on Thursday morning “floating near a temple”, Suwat said.

“Their wives said both are able to swim but I think the cause of drowning was the strong undercurrent,” he added.

The two couples arrived in Thailand on Christmas Eve for a holiday.

Thailand typically draws more than 35 million visitors each year, but tourism took a hit in 2018 after a ferry carrying Chinese tourists in southern Thailand sank in July, killing 47 people.

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The accident, which highlighted lax safety rules in the tourism sector, left Chinese tourists wary and caused an immediate drop in visitor numbers.

Thai authorities have been scrambling to remake the country’s image since then, reacting swiftly to any issues facing tourists, especially from China.