British Embassy contacts police for retrieval of body of UK teen who died in motorbike incident last week
A representative of the British Embassy has contacted Kamala police to retrieve the body of the teenager who died in a motorcycle accident in the Kamala area last week.
The family are trying to raise funds to repatriate the body of the deceased, Anthony Ryan.
The 17-year-old from Yorkshire in the UK died after being involved in a head-on motorbike accident while holidaying in Thailand.
The young driver died as a result of injuries sustained when his motorbike collided, head-on, with a minivan last week.
The incident happened in front of the Nakalay Resort in Kamala, where it had been raining during the evening and road conditions were slippery.
The teenager’s family are asking for help in repatriating his body, saying that he had gone on holiday to Thailand without taking out any travel insurance.
The family are trying to raise £5,000 (around Bt200,000) and have set up a GoFundMe page online.
Kalama police chief Colonel Somkit Boonrat said on Tuesday: “The body of a male foreigner was later identified as 17-year-old Antony Ryan. The minivan driver’s name is Sanakorn Boonjiraphon.
“The motorbike was travelling in the opposite lane to the minivan. The motorbike driver tried to overtake another vehicle and ended up in the minivan’s lane just moments before the collision.
“We immediately informed the British Embassy about the accident. His body has been kept at Patong Hospital. A representative of the embassy today has contacted us to get Mr Ryan’s body back to his country.
“We are continuing our investigation as we have evidence, including the minivan dash cam.”