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American tourist rescued after injured, stranded in kayaking scare

American tourist rescued after injured, stranded in kayaking scare

PHUKET: An American tourist was safely rescued and brought back to Phuket after he was injured on rocks on an island just offshore from Yanui Beach, on Phuket’s southwest coast, yesterday (Aug 29).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 30 August 2021, 12:29PM

The American man had rented a kayak and paddled out to the island, but was unable to make it back to Phuket, explained Lt Col Ekkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police

Phuket Tourist Police officers were informed of the man’s predicament at about 4:50pm after the tourist had called the Tourist Police 1155 hotline, Lt Col Ekkachai confirmed.

The tourist, who Lt Col Ekkachai declined to name but estimated to be about 25 years old, had arrived in Phuket under the Phuket Sandbox scheme, Lt Col Ekkachai also confirmed.

Tourist Police along with a lifeguard from Nai Harn Beach boarded a jet-ski to recover the man from the island. As the jet-ski neared the shore, they could see him waving at them.

The tourist told police that he had gone kayaking from Yanui Beach out to the island, Koh Man. While on the island, he had climbed up onto a rock and slipped down, injuring his leg.

While back on shore at Yanui Beach, the man pointed out that he had asked the kayak rental operator whether he could paddle to the far side of the island.

The American was adamant that she said he could.

The kayak rental operator was adamant that she said he couldn’t.

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Lt Col Ekkachai confirmed that the tourist had suffered only scratches along his legs.

The tourist was brought back to Phuket safely and escorted back to the hotel where he is staying in Wichit, Lt Col Ekkachai said.

Phuket for weeks now has been experiencing typical “southwest monsoon” weather for this time of year, with strong winds and passing storms making travel on open water around the island dangerous.

Last week, German tourist couple were safely rescued and brought back to Phuket after they were blown offshore by a passing storm while kayaking off Phuket’s east coast.

The dangers of being blown offshore while kayaking off Phuket has previously made international headlines following the disappearance of Polish tourist Mateusz Juszkiewicz, 26, and Werakan Siriprakon, 23, from Nakhon Sawan, in December 2019.

The couple were last seen kayaking off Yanui Beach, where the American had rented his kayak from yesterday.

Despite days of searching by air and sea rescue teams, Mr Juszkiewicz and Ms Werakan were never found.

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Jor12 | 02 September 2021 - 16:58:19

Kurt...obviously it was because of his injured leg he could not make it back. Pretty much common sense. Good lord man get a grip man. Orders to hire a kayak? Next you be wanting licenses fitness tests, alcohol testing, psychological tests, pregnancy tests. They aren't kids. Humans  have got inbuilt instincts. It's called a brain. Unlike some posters here.

Kurt | 01 September 2021 - 02:43:10

@Jor12, don't sell nonsense. As written, that tourist had only scratches on legs. One can paddle with that, right? Orders are needed to renting out safely. This concerns rental shops, has nothing to do with how this tourist was injured. But he should not have been allowed to paddle out. This rental shop has a history of tourist 'victims'. That is why orders are needed. 

Jor12 | 31 August 2021 - 19:29:58

@kurt.  Why are orders necessary? If you read the article the tourist was injured on rocks thus unable to make it back

DeKaaskopp | 30 August 2021 - 18:14:25

@Nasa12    The answer to your question can be found in the article.

Nasa12 | 30 August 2021 - 18:02:09

For about  2 years ago, 2 tourists rent a kayak on the same place and they missing, have they find this missing tourist or the missing kayak yet. Or they sweep bad reputation off Phuket  under the carpet  again.

Kurt | 30 August 2021 - 12:40:53

Why is there no 'order' announced by Governor to forbid kayak rentals to rent out their stuff at certain weather conditions to tourists? Such a order would make sense. Kayak rental operators don't give a damn about tourist safety. Money-money thinking.


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