Quick-acting sailor saves crash victim

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Quick action by a Royal Thai Navy officer may have saved the life of a motorcyclist in Sattahip.

Paramedics arrived at Sukhumvit Road’s 179-kilometer marker Feb. 9 to find Capt. Sewok Puangbanlang, 51, giving first aid to 27-year-old Chomechai Saipetch, who had slammed her motorbike into the back of a hotel courtesy van.

Quick action by Royal Thai Navy officer Capt. Sewok Puangbanlang may have saved the life of Chomechai Saipetch, who had slammed her motorbike into the back of a hotel courtesy van.
Quick action by Royal Thai Navy officer Capt. Sewok Puangbanlang may have saved the life of Chomechai Saipetch, who had slammed her motorbike into the back of a hotel courtesy van.

The officer was applying pressure to the Songkhla native’s head to stop bleeding and keeping her awake until help arrived.

She was transported to Queen Sirikit Naval Medical Center for further treatment.

Sewok said he was passing by the area when he saw the road carnage and stopped to help. He used his own car to block off traffic, set the hazard lights and called for help.

The driver of the hotel van also was present and waited for police.