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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 | 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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cgtours@gmail.com | 08 November 2016 - 12:36:50

High time Private  High end Resorts are also reminded the Beaches of Thailand are PUBLIC Beaches and under control of the Government of THAILAND and do not BELONG to them. This Tourists life could possibly have been saved AND irony of it all, he was a GUEST at their Resort. I hope they are now Boycotted for NOT considering any SAFETY MEASURES as far as Tourists are concerned MORE IMPORTANT than their own ARROGANCE..

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samantha | 08 November 2016 - 11:53:11

I saw 3 people come close to drowning yesterday at Surin Beach within the space of 1 hour however the Lifeguards were there to save them if needed. If they weren't, i think 1 of them would have drowned.

Luckily they were swimming in front of the lifeguard station while the lifeguards were on duty.

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