Friday, March 2, 2018

3/02/2018 02:48:00 PM
BLOOD ON THE BEACH

Terrified tourists in Thailand fled in panic as rival JET SKI operators shot each other dead on Koh Samui paradise beach

Police arrived at the beach to find both men in a pool of blood following an argument about whose turf it was



TOURISTS lounging on a Thai paradise beach fled in panic after a fatal shootout between two rival jet ski operators.

They had been ferrying holidaymakers out to sea on the packed Koh Samui island when an argument broke out over whose turf it was.

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Tourists on a Thai paradise beach fled after a fatal shootout between two jet ski operators broke out


Soontree Chaipet, 45, and Tinapot Petcharat, 26, pictured, began arguing whose turf it was


The argument between Soontree Chaipet, 45, and Tinapot Petcharat, 26, who later died in hospital, escalated into a bloody shooting.

Grainy CCTV footage showed the moment they opened fire at each other, sending tourists at nearby restaurants running for cover.


Police arrived at around 4.30pm to find both men in a pool of blood on the sand.

Horrified onlooker Num Hankit, 30, said: ''I work near the beach and just heard the bullets and came to look.



Thai police recovered two handguns from the packed beach


Horrified tourists watched on as police cleared the two bodies off the beach

"It's scary, anybody could be hit by a bullet. People are riding jet skis with guns in their pockets. I cannot believe this happening on a beach.

''There were more than 100 tourists standing on the beach. They looked shocked. They have a holiday and people are shooting each other. It's dangerous.''

The older man was driven to hospital while paramedics performed CPR on Tinapot as tourists in their swimming trunks stood watching in disbelief.

Officers later recovered two weapons, a black 9mm handgun and a smaller silver pistol as well as ammunition on the Chaweng Beach.


Soontree Chaipet is rushed to hospital by paramedics

Medics perform CPR on Tinapot on Koh Samui beach as tourists look on


Police arrived at around 4.30pm to find both men in a pool of blood on the white sand

Police Major General Apichat Boonsaree from the Bophut station said they believed the reason for the gun fight was a ''business conflict when renting jet skis to customers''.

He added: ''Both sides are involved in the business of renting jet skis on the beach and they took up a duel with each other.

"They were both carrying guns and we understand that they had many arguments with each other before.

Credits: The Sun

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