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Phuket lifeguards issue surf warning after spate of near-drownings

PHUKET: Lifeguards have warned swimmers to beware strong surf at Kata and Karon beaches after several people needed rescuing earlier this week, and one tourist was revived on the beach earlier this month.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 28 October 2016, 10:03AM


The warning follows Thai tourist Atittan Kanchanawatthana, 27, being rescued on Wednesday (Oct 26), explained Phuket Lifeguard Club Chief Prathaiyuth Chuayuan.

The Royal Thai Navy 3rd Area rescue team and the Karon Municipality rescue team called to help recover Mr Atittan at 4:20pm.

“He was administered first aid on the beach and taken to Patong Hospital for further medical attention,” Mr Prathaiyuth told The Phuket News.

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“He was overpowered by strong waves and pulled awy from the beach, and he nearly drowned,” he said.

Mr Prathaiyuth said lifeguards had saved 10 tourists at Kata Beach and seven tourists at Karon Beach since the beginning of October.

“The worst case was a Chinese tourist who was rescued from the water at 7:30am on Oct 18. He was unresponsive and lifeguards had to revive him on the beach,” Prathaiyuth added.

 

 

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CaptainJack69 | 29 October 2016 - 21:49:13

Strong surf warning? Time to put the red flags up then. Wait, what?, they're already up? You mean they're up all day every day and have been since Songkran? That's crazy, no wonder everyone ignores them.

Seriously though, everyone here knows that the red flags just mean "no life guard on duty" and not that there is actually any danger in the surf conditions. The life guards are supposed to put them away when conditions clear up, but they never do.

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