Thailand.- Horrified tourists saw their tour guide stung to death by crazed giant wasps, which then celebrated with his body for four days. Sanchai Phaoarun, 58, was on a french couple’s excursion to Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, last Saturday (October 26) in the afternoon.
But mid-abwalk on the mountain, the group was suddenly surrounded by thousands of angry hornets after their hive was disturbed. They bombed Sanchai and stung him repeatedly in his body. The guide collapsed to the ground in agony as France’s terrified couple fled in panic.
Locals in the nearest village heard cries for help from the two tourists, Jean Louis L’amour and Anne Mapile, who had also been stung. They were taken to hospital. Rescuers found Sanchai’s body later that day, but were unable to retrieve it, as killer Asian hornets, or veluthine vespa, were still celebrating. After staying in the woods for four days, the riddled body was finally recovered on Tuesday (October 29) in the afternoon. Police Lieutenant Colonel Sampan Yotin blamed the death wasps as a nightmare and said he was not treated as a suspect.
The station received a report on the tour guide’s death last week, but the team was unable to pick up the body, he said.
French tourists were also injured. They have testified about what happened and there are no suspicious circumstances .’
One of the volunteer rescuers involved in body recovery said it was difficult because hornets were still swarming around the corpse. They added: «We went to the woods on Monday to help the tour guide, but the mission had to be abandoned after three of our team members were stung by hornets who pulused around their bodies.» We planned a safer method by covering our bodies in firemen’s suits and re-entered today and were finally able to get the body out.» The body of the local guide was handed over to the family that will hold the Buddhist funeral.