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Chinese tourist drowns at Phuket beach

PHUKET: The chief of the Phuket Lifeguard Services has confirmed that a Chinese tourist who was pulled unconscious from the water at Karon Beach on Monday afternoon (Jan 9) died upon arrival at Patong Hospital.

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Yutthawat Lekmak

Thursday 12 January 2017, 11:20AM


Lifeguards administered CPR to Mr Xui before transporting him to Patong Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Services
Lifeguards administered CPR to Mr Xui before transporting him to Patong Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Services

Lifeguards recovered 25-year-old Mr Xui Aushang from the water at Karon Beach at around 12:30pm on Monday, Phuket Lifeguard Chief Prathaiyuth Chuayuan told The Phuket News today (Jan 12).

“The man was unconscious when lifeguards brought him onto the beach,” Mr Prathaiyuth said.

“Rescue workers administered CPR before transporting him to Patong Hospital. However, he was pronounced dead at 1pm. Doctors confirmed the cause of death as drowning,” he added.

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Mr Xui’s girlfriend told lifeguards that he was not a good swimmer and that she had told him he should not go swimming as the red flags were flying but he ignored her advice.

The Chinese Embassy has been notified of Mr Xui’s death.

 

 

 

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Kurt | 13 January 2017 - 11:24:18

I understand your comment, BenPendejo.
But something has to change at Phuket beaches.

Guess the today PN article regarding,  (International World lifeguard Chief) gives a good impression of what is needed.

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BenPendejo | 13 January 2017 - 02:37:53

Sorry Kurt...lifeguards don't need more authority...they just need to pay attention.  There is way too much beach to have a couple lazy bums sitting around smoking and BS-ing with their friends...which is what most of them do all day.  The ocean was not dangerous yesterday...and red flags are always flying, so nobody pays attentions to them.  There is absolutely no excuse for this tragedy... well, Chinese are also not very good at recognizing dangers.  Overall, most lifeguards are not actually lifeguards... just beach bums, and don't expect anything but worse service once the fools cut the budget.

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Eagle | 12 January 2017 - 19:28:39

Another good idea from Kurt.More legal power for the beach guards!And what kind of punishment you have in mind for those ignoring red flags?A 500 Baht fine,or maybe a beach ban or chain them for some hour to a tree?

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Kurt | 12 January 2017 - 15:38:01

Two Chinese tourists did die in Karon within 24 hours, 1 at beach, one on motorbike, with a 3rd one seriously injured in hospital.

Is it not about time for the thai authorities to consider to give the thai beach guards more legal power in forbidding tourist to ignore red flags?

And about the Chinese guy who died while driving motorbike in the middle of the night on Karon Road, did he had a motorbike driving license?
I know that most Chinese not have it, they tell me driving motorbike on Phuket is easy. 
They feel like to be in Disney World, until they die or get hospitalized.
Anyway, who thai authority cares? Motorbike rent was paid.

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