18 Feb '12, 9am

37 people, including a pregnant woman, have been injured in toxic gas leak at Phuket resort

PHUKET - A pregnant woman was among 37 people rushed to hospital today morning following a toxic gas leak at a Phuket hotel, said newspaper, the Phuket News. The casualties were treated after being exposed to harmful chlorine gas at a Phuket resort. Staff at the Phuket Orchid Resort and Spa in Karon reportedly noticed that chlorine levels in the hotel pool were a little low this morning. Standard practice when adding granulated chlorine to a swimming pool is to mix the chemical with water to dilute it before adding it to the feeder. A staff member apparently bypassed this step this morning, according to police, instead adding the chlorine directly to the tank. This caused pressure inside the tank to build, they said, causing the tank to crack and release harmful chlorine gas into the air. About 100 people were reportedly around the pool at the time. But Mr Felix Zupecki, b...

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