PHUKET: A 23-year-old man escaped his car without injury after diving into a tin mine lagoon in Koh Kaew yesterday afternoon (October 3).
Capt Kruefa Phongsapan of Phuket Town Police said she was notified of the crash, on Route 3030, which joins Thepkrasattri Rd in Koh Kaew with the North Kathu area, at 1:50 p.m.
Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene to find driver Thanapoom Hukhiao, 23, a resident of Phuket Town, safely standing nearby.
Mr Thanapoom told police he was on his way to Koh Kaew to meet a friend when the front left wheel started to shake, causing him to lose control of the car, a Toyota Vios, which swerved from the road and ended up in the lagoon.
He managed to escape through the car door before the car sank, Mr Thanapoom said.
Mr Thanapoom said he believed he was saved by his Thao Wessuwan amulet hanging around his neck, which he gripped as he escaped from the sinking wreckage.
Rescue divers from the Kusoldharm Foundation took about 15 minutes to locate the sunken vehicle in the water, at a depth of three to five meters.
A white spoiler was found in the shallow water by the lake and the car’s windshield was shattered, possibly due to its impact with the water, Capt Kruefa said.
A tow team was called in, which took over two hours to lift the car out of the water. The car was then taken to the Phuket Town Police Station.
Police have yet to conclude their investigation into whether Mr Thanapoom would face charges, Captain Kruefa said.