Briton drowns at Patong
PHUKET: Starhub vice president and Briton, Peter John Cook, 47, drowned on Tuesday morning (July 24) at Patong Beach, before lifeguards came on duty.
Thursday 26 July 2012, 09:59AM
Sakhon Chaithong, chief lifeguard at Patong Beach, told The Phuket News, “We were alerted that three people were in trouble. We reached the beach about 8.30am, but Mr Cook died on the way to Patong Hospital.
Mr Cook and his wife, daughter and son went to the beach at about 7am and he and his children went into the sea to swim.
Burmese workers saw them in trouble and used long poles to help them. Mr Cook pushed his children towards the rescuers, and the children were saved, but he himself was unable to hang on to the pole, and drowned before he could be retrieved.
Mr Sakhon added, “All life guards are on duty from 9am. We have red warning flags around danger areas.”
Mr Cook is the fourth person to die at Patong in the past two and a half months. Hundreds, however, have been saved by the lifeguards.
Starhub is a Singapore based communications company.