An American photographer and blogger says he was injured after being attacked by a gang of men on Koh Phi Phi this week.
Stephen Trimble revealed on his Instagram account that he was walking along the beach when he spotted a girl’s possessions being stolen while she was swimming.
He says he yelled at the man to stop. The man left the girl’s bag and ran away, only to return moments later with three other men, who were armed with sticks and a kayak paddle.
Trimble said the men attacked him, leaving him with injuries to his head, knee and back.
“They came straight towards me and without hesitation began swinging on me. After about 15 strikes they take off down a dark alley at the end of the beach.”
He said he reported the incident to the “super helpful” police.
“At this point, I’m bleeding heavily from my head, arms and leg. I walk towards the nearest beach hostel to get some help, and come across a police on his moped. I explain to him what happened and he tells me to come to the station the next day at 10am to tell the police and they will look for the ones who attacked me.
“Anyways I got a few stitches in my head and a few more in my leg, also partially tore a ligament in my knee, and as you can see my back is a bit bruised and cut up. But I’m still alive and kicking! A few days of rest and I’ll keep on keeping on!”
Trimble warned other tourists about the risks of leaving belongings on a beach unattended. He also warned others to be careful at night.