March 13, 2016

Toni Hristov Koleu

Bangkok Post reported a Bulgarian man died after his legs were almost severed by an anchor chain in a boating accident at Mu Ko Similan National Park, Phang Nga province, on Sunday at around 14:30.

Mr Thilo Buercks, the German captain of the 140-metre-long luxury yacht “Ocean Victory”, told the police the incident occurred as it was lowering an anchor in front of the popular Koh Tachai in the afternoon.

Mr Kolev was a crewman on board Russian billionaire Victor Rashnikov’s superyacht. The yacht was lifting its anchor off Koh Tachai, within Similan Islands National Park, when the incident happened.

An initial investigation found the 33-year-old Bulgarian, identified as Mr Toni Koleu was critically injured when the anchor chain accidentally wrapped around his legs above the knees. The force almost severed his legs, Khaosod quoted a high-ranking naval officer.

The man lost a lot of blood and was in a critical condition when he arrived at Tablamu pier in Phang Nga’a Thai Muang district on the yacht’s speedboat. He succumbed to his injuries while being taken to Bangkok Hospital in Phuket.

Tourist police said they will contact the Bulgarian embassy to inform the man’s family.

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Case Details

Source Bangkok Post
Date of Death: March 13, 2016
Last Edited: 2 years ago
Age: 33 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Bulgarian
Cause of Death: Accident
Province: Phang Nga
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