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Russian tourist drowns at Phuket beach

PHUKET: A Russian tourist pulled unconscious from the water at Bang Tao Beach yesterday afternoon has died, the Phuket Lifeguard Chief has confirmed.

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Yutthawat Lekmak

Tuesday 8 November 2016, 11:33AM

Rescue workers perform CPR on the beach in the hopes of reviving Mr Agapov. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Club
Rescue workers perform CPR on the beach in the hopes of reviving Mr Agapov. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Club

Lifeguards recovered Petr Agapov, 57, from the water at about 2pm, Phuket Lifeguard Chief Prathaiyuth Chuayuan told The Phuket News.

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

“Rescue workers administered CPR before transporting him to Thalang Hospital. He was then quickly transported to Vachira Phuket Hospital,” Mr Prathaiyuth said.

Mr Agapov was pronounced dead at 7pm. Doctors at Vachira Hospital confirmed the cause of death as drowning, Mr Prathaiyuth added.

The Russian Embassy has been notified of Mr Agapov’s death, he noted.

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Mr Prathaiyuth explained that the waves in the area where Mr Agapov was recovered from the water were not overly dangerous.

“But our lifeguards are not allowed to patrol that area near the southern end of the beach because a hotel there prefers to have their own staff to look after swimmers’ safety there,” he said.

“When people noticed that Mr Agapov was in danger, our lifeguards had to be called in from further up the beach. It’s not far, but in emergencies every second counts,” Mr Prathaiyuth said.

Mr Agapov was a guest staying at that same hotel that prefers to have its own staff watch over swimmers, he added.



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Kurt | 07 June 2017 - 11:35:10

You really have a point, one should indeed take safety precautions for his own life at any time.

Yes, older people who are not in the best shape and fitness, and perhaps not been in a sea surf for more than a year have to be careful. 
A holiday eats their energy in a different way,  sometimes first a 12-18 hour travel, jetlag, different climate, different eating,drinking (!) and sleeping pattern. Etc. etc.

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benny99 | 07 June 2017 - 04:25:52


It's true, phuket officials needs to improved on many things for tourist safety.  My point is if you're over 50, close to 60 not in the best of shape and fitness too, stay away from deep water and crashing waves. Despite what I've said, I do agree with you, the authorities/officials needs to step up to help those that can't help themselves.

However, at the end of the day, one should take safety precautions for his own life, not leave it to somebody else let alone lifeguards.

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Rich 44 | 06 June 2017 - 22:46:16

How about being able to rent or buy an inconspicuous flotation belt that could, in emergency, be pulled up from the waist area to under the arms, and if more buoyancy is required, inflated via an air tube. 
It would be some protection and allow buying some time if you are going to venture out into the deep. Could be sold along with soda by vendors walking the beach.
Helmet protects motorcycle riders, flotation belt protects swimmers.   

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Kurt | 06 June 2017 - 15:18:05

Benny99:  Interesting what you say. However, like now in Europe it is summer time and many older people ( I not talk about: old) visiting their beaches, same as in Australia during their summertime.
Guess it has to do a lot with good high standard Life beach guards presence.
Few month ago PN publishes a comment of International beach Life guard Organization, about what upgrading are needed on Phuket.
So far, nothing is done by Phuket Authorities in that matter.

Phuket waters are dangerous, same as breathing Phuket air, seen the so many 'self hangings', falling of balconies, etc, but that is another subject.
If you feel 'health vulnerable', don't go for a Phuket holiday. 

Yes benny99, something now has to be done to tackle the life taking patterns on Phuket island.
But unfortunately there is no Phuket authority/official interested in the life and care of tourists.
Everything they say ( bla bla) never gets a executive follow up.
Because there is nothing in for them to do so.
Tourists are money pigs only.

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Eagle | 06 June 2017 - 14:59:26

Kurt,it is an old article.You commented it already on 9th.Nov.2016 .Wake up!

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Kurt | 06 June 2017 - 14:31:54

R.I.P. mr Petr Agapov. With condolence to his family.

What is going on at that beach?
Which Thai Phuket Government is allowing a hotel to forbid Public beach Life guards to patrol and care of a part of the beach?
It is time people sui the Phuket Government for matters like this. Incompetence Optima Forma.
And,..has that hotel her own life guards at the beach? 
If not the family should sui that hotel as well.

Anyway, it is the same idiotisme of who is in charge of Phuket beaches.
Something like: When it is about making money, it is me.
                When it is about drowings, cleaning, it is 'them'.
When are Phuket government Officials becoming responsible adults?

It is all so tourist life costing childish.
At location drowning was no life guard presence.

Left way or right way. Tell us now who is responsible for this?
Please, no thai nonsense responsibility denying talks.

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benny99 | 06 June 2017 - 06:19:00

Why is it always the really old folks that drown. Its becoming a pattern...I'm guessing maybe the water must not like them or they can't handle the water.  Best for them to stay away, old age and deep water don't go well together.

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Kurt | 09 November 2016 - 19:49:14

The Phuket lifeguard chief talked nonsense by saying that the hotel not allowed the official life guards at south end of the beach!
This is just typical lying, he knows very well that the hotel has no jurisdiction at a thai public beach!
He talks with snake tongue.
Read carefully: The hotel NOT ALLOWED our lifeguards at there, because they PREFER their own staff to look after swimmer's safety. 
Are this hotel beach staff trained and licensed by thai laws regarding?
This hotel now is indirect very much responsible for the tourist who did die.
I smell here thai corruption. Need to be investigated.
Hope Governor orders investigation in order to be concerned about tourist safety at Phuket public beaches.

Some people here would say: the law is the law, right?

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Rorii | 09 November 2016 - 17:13:21

Something very wrong here, as the hotel has NO rights, on the beach, therefore their "lifeguards" have no rights to stop the BangTao lifeguards, more like it was easier for the BangTao lifeguards to let others do their work.

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Ed Sanders | 08 November 2016 - 18:20:18

Forget the boycott nonsense, this hotel ought to be held legally responsible for their negligence.  Not that BangTao lifeguards would have been there any sooner, as it would have interrupted their session of Candy Crush Saga, and that is not allowed. In any case, I hope these people sue the crap out of that hotel...they deserve it.

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