Inquest into deaths of Britons killed in Thailand speedboat accident

Together: The pair had been married for less than three weeks when the tragic incident occurred, after the speedboat was struck by a 'big wave' off the island of Koh Samui

An inquest will take place into the deaths of two Britons killed in a speedboat accident in Thailand.

Monica O’Connor, 28, from Sale, Greater Manchester, was on honeymoon with husband, Tim, while Jason Parnell, 46, from Sileby, Leicestershire, was celebrating his first wedding anniversary with wife Puja.

They were among a party of 32 tourists on an Angthong Discovery Tour vessel which overturned off the coast of the island of Koh Samui after hitting rough waters and strong winds on May 26 last year.

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Thai tourist police said at the time that the boat was travelling from Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park when it hit a “big wave” and capsized at 5pm local time.

Authorities later confirmed that Mrs O’Connor had died, along with a German national and a Hong Kong national.

A search was launched for Mr Parnell, whose body was found several days later. The boat’s captain, Sanan Seekakiaw, was reportedly taken into police custody and faced a charge of reckless endangerment causing death.

The hearing, scheduled for three days, takes place at Stockport Coroner’s Court. -PA


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