Wives accidentally kill their husbands in freak golf cart crash while crossing river that runs through the course
68-year-old Jun Yong Sung and 76-year-old Jaeoong Ha died after the accident saw them being thrown into the river and unable to swim to safety.
Two South Korean tourists on vacation to Thailand with their wives were tragically killed in a freak golf cart accident on Wednesday.
According to reports, 68-year-old Jun Yong Sung and 76-year-old Jaeoong Ha died after the golf cart they were traveling in was hit by the one their wives were in and they were thrown into a muddy river and swept away by the strong currents.
The incident happened when they were on a ferry crossing a river that runs through the course.
According to the New York Post, the incident unfolded at a golf course in the Phitsanulok Province in northern Thailand. The couples had arrived in the country two days earlier from South Korea for a holiday and had decided to visit the course to relax.
Lt. Col. Suwat Suwatmontri of the district police told the Agence France-Presse that the two victims were on a ferry — which was operated using a simple rope and pulley system — crossing the waters of the Nan River when their wives' vehicle rammed into theirs. He said the impact threw all four into the waters.
While the women were quickly rescued by the fishermen, neither Jung Yong Sung nor Jaeoong Ha could be found. The incident saw more than 50 workers from the military and police work together to locate the missing men, but their bodies wouldn't be found until much later.
One of the victims' bodies was eventually uncovered on Wednesday night about 1.2 miles from the scene of the accident, while the other was only discovered by villagers the next morning, 6.2 miles away. Both are suspected to have drowned to death.
One of the victims' wives, identified as Ok Su Kim, was also reportedly hurt in the incident. According to the CNN, she was transported to the hospital for treatment and is currently recovering. The identity of the other wife has not been made public.
Speaking about the incident, Suwatmontri said their wives survived because they knew how to swim and could sustain themselves against the strong currents.
"Their wives said both were able to swim but I think the cause of drowning was the strong undercurrent," he revealed.
This is not the first time that the country has come under fire for a boating-related accident. This past July, the country was criticized by Chinese social media and newspapers after two boats carrying Chinese tourists capsized near the coast of Phuket and resulted in the deaths of more than 40 people.
Police are said to be looking into the safety of the raft and will investigate to determine if this most recent tragic incident was preventable.