Woman jumps off Sarasin Bridge, rescued by fishing boat

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After jumping from the Sarasin Bridge which leads vehicles onto Phuket Island, a 41-year-old woman was carried out of the water and rescued by a passing fishing boat. The incident happened yesterday afternoon and authorities were notified of the incident around 4 p.m.

Although media coverage indicates that the woman, who was from Nakhon Si Thammarat, jumped off the bridge on her own and was not pushed or thrown, the fishing boat reported that she was thrashing in the water, struggling hard to stay afloat and not drown when they reached it. They managed to pull her out of the water and bring her ashore and to safety.

The village chief of Moo 5 in Mai Khao was notified of the incident and rescue workers and emergency responders were immediately dispatched to the scene. Both the Phuket Kusoldharm Foundation and the Mai Khao Tambon Administrative Organization sent medical teams to the bridge to assist the woman.

Paramedics at the scene administered first aid to the woman and reported that she suffered only minor injuries when her body hit the water below the bridge. The police were notified of the incident and she was taken to Thalang Hospital for a physical examination and further treatment.

Several months ago there was a series of deaths – some potential accidents, others more likely suicides – on the Sarasin Bridge.

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THE SOURCE: Phuket News

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