“The tourists were rescued at about 7pm after beachgoers saw them struggling in the water,” Vitanya Chuayuan, Deputy Chief of the Phuket Lifeguard Service, told The Phuket News today (Aug 23).
The victims – two women, one man and a child – were from Nakhon Ratchasima, Ms Vitanya said.
Of the four, one man named only as “Mr Ongard” suffered lacerations from being pushed onto the rocks by waves.
“They went for a swim near the rocks after the beach closed and guards were packing their belongings and getting ready to leave the area,” she said.
After being alerted to the family’s plight, lifeguards went into the water and rescued the family, who were then taken to Thalang Hospital, Ms Vitanya explained.
“Last night, two of the victims remained in the hospital, but we were told that they were both discharged from the hospital this morning,” she added.