December 20, 2017

Jonathan Gerard

A 43-year-old kitesurfer from Ireland drowned in heavy surf off a beach in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province. Police later found out that his control line had become entangled with a buoy.

The accident occurred shortly after midday at the beach near Soi Hua Hin 77 in Hua Hin district. Rescuers pulled him ashore unconscious and tried to resuscitate him for 10 minutes or more, but to no avail.

The victim was identified as Jonathan Gerar, 43 years old. Police said he had been a frequent visitor to Hua Hin and was married a local Thai woman.

Mr Gerard, a kiteboarding enthusiast, rented a space to store it at a kitesurfing shop on Soi Hua Hin 77 and owned all the specialist equipment needed for kiteboarding. He was a regular surfer at the local Hua Hin beaches.

Witnesses at the scene said they saw Mr Gerard’s control line enmeshed with a buoy marking a swimming boundary about 50 metres offshore. This complication ended up pulling him straight down and under the waves.

Police said that although rescuers reached him quickly, it took some time to free Mr Gerard from his harness.

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Case Details

Source Bangkok Post
Date of Death: December 20, 2017
Last Edited: 3 weeks ago
Age: 26 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Irish
Cause of Death: Drowning
Province: Prachuap Khiri Khan
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