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DUNOON MAN GORED TO DEATH ON HOLIDAY

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A Cowal man has died in Thailand after being attacked by an elephant.

 

   

Diver Gareth Crowe (36) from Dunoon was on an elephant trekking expedition when the incident took place.

   

His 16-year-old step-daughter was also injured in the incident and is being treated for minor injuries in hospital. It is understood a local guide was also hurt.

   

Thai newspapers report the elephant threw the tourists from its back before goring the man with a tusk and then running into the forest.

   

The attack happened at about 2.30pm local time on Sunday (January 31) on the holiday island of Ko Samui.

   

The elephant, named Golf, lashed out after becoming infuriated with his handler's commands, witnesses told the Thai newspaper.

   

Mr Crowe's partner Catherine Hughes, 42, and their son were not on the trek.

   

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are offering support to the family of a British national who has sadly died following an incident in Koh Samui, Thailand, and are making contact with the local authorities to seek further information."

   

More in Friday’s Dunoon Observer.

 

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