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Kuwaiti man dies at Patong Beach

PHUKET: A 71-year-old Kuwaiti man has died after a group of people carried him out of the water unconscious at Patong Beach yesterday afternoon (July 29).

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Saturday 30 July 2016, 10:25AM

Patong lifeguards administered CPR, but to no avail. Photo: Pattama
Patong lifeguards administered CPR, but to no avail. Photo: Pattama

Patong Police received a call at 4:30pm reporting that a tourist had drowned near Loma Park.

Pol Lt Yingyong Chuaykit arrived with Kusoldharm rescue workers to find people gathered around as lifeguards administered CPR to an unconscious man, identified as Abdullah Almusawi.

Mr Abdullah was taken to Patong Hospital, where he was pronounced dead soon after arrival.

Lt Yingyong said that according to witnesses Mr Almusawi was staying in a hotel in Patong with his wife and children for nearly two months.

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“The man had a disabled arm. People at the beach told us that he loved to swim and came to the beach every day with his family,” said Lt Yingyong.

“They said that Mr Abdullah went into the water alone and ignored the red flags in the area. When they saw him struggling in the water, they shouted for help and a group of people went out to help him and carry him out of the water,” he added.

“Mr Abdullah’s family were not with him at the time of the incident, soon arrived to see what was going on when they saw a group of people gather on the beach and saw him unresponsive on the beach,” Lt Yingtong said.



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Joe12 | 01 August 2016 - 17:22:52

Ed...there ya go...good on ya. You forgot to include informing officialdom - those that pay and make the rules. 

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Kurt | 01 August 2016 - 17:07:40

Today, most lifeguards at Naiharn Beach were quite ok in their duties.
But Some were sleeping on duty, some were near the shops to warm up their girl friends for after work.
Why we never see uniformed lifeguard supervisors unannounced to inspect their staff, and do training sessions with them?

It is all to free and 'up to them'.
A shop girl in the big shopping centers has more supervising.

Guess the managers/supervisors feel not comfortable at the beaches. 
Office 'work' has priority.

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Ed Sanders | 01 August 2016 - 16:21:35

OK Pal Joey... I'll start walking the shores looking for drowning people... or better yet... maybe I'll go interrupt the lifeguards in the middle of their Candy Crunch Saga game and tell them they shouldn't be smoking and playing with their phones or chatting with their friends.  At that point, I can ask their buddies to leave now, then sit down and instruct them on how lifeguards work in Australia.  That should go over pretty good.

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Christy Sweet | 01 August 2016 - 14:30:22

Agree with Sanders, lifeguards are more intent on hanging out with pals and having a good time than actually paying attention to what is going on in the water. 
It's also unfair when five or six  lifeguards, instead of spreading out, will  rope of just small area for swimmers to facilitate their goofing off with one another. Just another example more of the crappy work ethic so prevalent here.


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Joe12 | 31 July 2016 - 18:05:55 pro-active and do something about it instead of your incessant whinging.

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Ed Sanders | 31 July 2016 - 01:13:17

Once again...lifeguards (and I use that term lightly) only showed up after the fact.  Same as I saw the other day at Karon, it was the action of regular people on the beach that have to take matters into their own hands while the lifeguard boys sit around bullshitting with their friends, smoking, and playing with their phones.  I see it all the time.  Clearly, Phuket officials, including the do-nothing head of lifeguards, have no intention of taking any different actions to curtail the death and injury to tourists.  I really don't think they know what to do...they are not professionals...just guys off the street.

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