Woman tourist brutally beaten by jet ski operator on central Vietnam beach

By Tu Huynh    May 10, 2024 | 08:52 pm PT
A woman tourist was viciously assaulted by a jet ski operator at Kinh beach in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan, and had her eardrum ruptured earlier this month.

On May 2 Nguyen Dieu Linh, 29, of Hanoi and two friends went to a private beach in Ninh Hai District belonging to Casa Maya hotel and rented stand-up paddle boards to row out to sea.

Before long the board capsized.

Seeing her friends being swept away by waves into a dangerous rocky area far from shore, Linh sought the help of a man on a jet ski nearby.

He asked her for VND200,000 (US$9) to rescue them and she agreed. But he only pulled the capsized board out without picking up her friends.

An argument broke out between Linh and the man, and she used her phone to film the incident.

Linh said the staff then "attacked her and hit her on the left ear."

The group went to the hotel and complained to the receptionist.

Cơ quan chức năng tỉnh Ninh Thuận làm việc với Khách sạn Casa Maya, huyện Ninh Hải. Ảnh: Đức Huynh

Authorities work with representatives of Casa Maya hotel in Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan Province, regarding a staff member's attack on a tourist. Photo by VnExpress/ Duc Huynh

On May 4, after returning to Hanoi, Linh went for a check at Central Military Hospital 108 and found her left eardrum was ruptured.

She wrote about the incident, along with photos and videos, on social media, prompting authorities to step in to investigate.

The local police determined that Pham Dinh Duong, 31, who works for a jet ski rental service, had assaulted Linh.

Duong was summoned by the police.

A video clip records an argument between a tourist and a jet ski operator at Kinh beach, Ninh Thuan Province, May 2, 2024. Video by Dieu Linh

Officers were dispatched to Hanoi to take Linh to the Central Institute of Forensic Medicine for her injuries to be examined.

Ninh Thuan authorities said the incident had caused a negative impact on the province’s tourism image.

They instructed Casa Maya to stop stand-up paddle boarding on its beach.

The investigation is continuing.

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