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Female Aussie tourist saves Thai woman from drowning at Phuket beach

PHUKET: An Australian woman came to the rescue of a Thai woman who was close to drowning at Karon Beach yesterday.

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Tuesday 27 June 2017, 04:42PM

Facebook user Thanawat Vinitpairoj, who is a freelance photographer, yesterday (June 26) posted three photos on his Facebook page along with a message which read, “Late in the afternoon while I was taking photos of two Australian women and a kid on Karon Beach, one of the women ran down to the sea, took off her trousers then jumped into the water and swam out towards a woman who was close to drowning.

“I tried to look for a lifeguard but could not see one, but this woman saved a Thai lady from drowning. “The Australian woman changed her clothes and then walked back down towards the water where she was hugged by the other foreign woman. She is a hero. Sometimes heroes don’t have to be men.”

The Phuket News later contacted Mr Thanawat regarding the incident and he told a reporter, “The incident happened at 5:30pm yesterday. I was taking photo of my customers. They are a family of two women and one kid.

“My customer saw two people, who I later found were a Thai woman and a Thai man, who were playing in the surf, but suddenly they got hit by a large wave. The man managed to get back to shore using a surfboard but the woman was stranded out at sea.

“One of the Australian women swam out to help her without any hesitation,” he said.

“They were both safe. The Australian woman was very brave, I admire her,” Mr Thanawat added.



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swerv | 29 June 2017 - 13:19:57

Kurt: Do you really expect these lifeguards to work 24/7?
I believe their working day is from 7 or 8am to 5pm. Anyone who goes swimming outside of these times, knowing there are no lifeguards on duty have only themselves to blame if something goes wrong.

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benny99 | 29 June 2017 - 04:14:31

Too many people in the water, everybody's gotta look out after themselves too.  I wouldn't blame everything on the life guards.  Remember you are in paradise but you could still die, take precautions for your own safety and lives, don't just rely on life guards.

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Kurt | 27 June 2017 - 18:16:23

Oh, I forgot to ask:  Where were the beach Life Guards?
They already went home at 05:30 PM?
Situation asking for a police investigation.

And just on the side: Why are there no female Life guards?

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Kurt | 27 June 2017 - 18:00:02

In Thailand, the thai women are the heroes.
The family life, the upbringing their kids , it is all on their female shoulders.

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Rorri | 27 June 2017 - 17:41:22

Oh dear "Sometimes heroes don’t have to be men,”
 someone needs a lesson in sexism.
Well done to the Aussie.

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