Singapore-based Australian injured by elephant in Phuket

An Australian man living in Singapore was injured by an elephant in Phuket. Elephants are a big part of Thailand's tourism industry.
An Australian man living in Singapore was injured by an elephant in Phuket. Elephants are a big part of Thailand's tourism industry.PHOTO: ST

PHUKET - An Australian man who is a resident of Singapore was injured by an elephant in Thailand's Phuket island on Monday, say local officials.

The incident happened on Mai Khao beach on the northern end of the island. 

The injured man, who is warded at Bangkok Hospital on the resort island, is currently in a stable condition, Mr Sarawut Sisakukam, chief of Mai Khao sub-district administrative organisation, told The Straits Times on Tuesday night. Officials did not name the man.

Although elephants are used as attractions in Thailand's tourism industry, it is not clear if the animal involved in Monday's incident was accompanied by a keeper.

Phuket is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand, which attracted some 30 million tourists last year.