The wife of a Shenzhen man who died in Thailand denied that her husband consumed alcohol before snorkeling at a second trial at Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court on Monday, Shenzhen Evening News reported yesterday.
The victim, surnamed Li, died during a trip to Thailand in October 2013 with his wife, identified as Yang. Li drowned after he entered a prohibited sea area to snorkel.
In the first ruling, a Luohu court ordered a Shenzhen travel agency and its partner in Thailand who received the couple on the tour to each pay 150,000 yuan (US$24,194) in compensation to Yang. The court ruled Li bore most of the responsibility for the accident because the agency and its partner had honored their duties to warn the tourists about the possible dangers of snorkeling. But the defendants appealed the verdict, saying Li had consumed alcohol before he went snorkeling.
Yang denied the accusation, saying that they had woken up at 6:30 a.m. as stipulated by the travel agency and followed the schedule as arranged by the guide. “It’s impossible that my husband would have had any alcoholic beverages so early in the morning,” Yang told the courtroom.
The two defendants produced a translated Thai-language autopsy report, which indicated that Li had alcohol in his system. But Yang raised doubts on the report, saying that she had seen Li’s body at noon, a few hours after the report was produced, so it was impossible that the body was being examined at the time of the report. The defendants also admitted that neither the report nor the translation has been notarized.
Yang claimed that the travel agency promised to pay her 800,000 yuan if she would authorize it to file a lawsuit against the insurance company, with which Li and Yang were insured for the trip, and sit out of the first trial. “That’s why I wasn’t present,” which Yang said led to a ruling in favor of the travel agency. She has not received the money and stated that now “they don’t even want to pay the 150,000 yuan.” The trial is still in progress.