British actor stranded for three days in Thailand

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July 26, 2017
British actor Paul Nicholls (Tim Whitby/PA via AP)

BANGKOK Thailand (AP):

Paul Nicholls, a British actor who starred in the EastEnders soap opera, was stranded in the wild for three days on a Thai island after he fell down a waterfall and broke his kneecap.

Nicholls was rescued July 13 on the Thai resort island of Koh Samui after villagers noticed his rented motorcycle had been parked near the waterfall for several days.

The 38-year-old actor was taken on a stretcher to Samui International Hospital and later transferred to the government-run Koh Samui Hospital.

The head of the rescue team on Koh Samui, Chaiyaporn Sapprasert, said the actor could barely move when rescuers found him after an hourslong search.

Dr. Dulkij Wittayajanyapong, director of Samui International Hospital, said Nicholls' kneecap suffered an open fracture and was infected because it was under water for more than two days.