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Body of Phuket tourist found in Patong Bay after two days missing

PHUKET: Lifeguards at Patong Beach yesterday (Aug 31) recovered the body of a Chinese tourist who was reported as missing from heavy surf at Karon Beach two days ago.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 1 September 2017, 08:51AM


Rescue workers retrieve the body of the tourist from Patong Bay yesterday (Aug 31). Photo: Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation

Rescue workers retrieve the body of the tourist from Patong Bay yesterday (Aug 31). Photo: Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation

Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers notified Maj Patcharee Wongboon of the Patong Police that a body had been recovered about one kilometre from shore at about 6pm.

Patong lifeguards used a jet-ski to bring the body back to shore at Tri Trang Beach, where it was then taken to Patong Hospital.

“With no distinguishing marks to indicate any physical assault, medical staff set to identifying the body and to determine the cause of death,” explained Maj Patcharee. 

However, further investigation revealed that the body matched the description of a tourist who disappeared while playing in heavy surf at Karon Beach, more than 10 kilometres from around the large headland at the southern end of Patong Bay, two days ago, Maj Patcharee explained.

“Relatives of the deceased identified the body as that of 24-year-old Yang Junzhe from Henan, China,” Maj Patcharee said.

“Mr Yang was last seen in the surf at Karon Beach on Tuesday (Aug 29). A search was launched but failed to find him,” she added. 

News of Mr Yang’s death comes as Phuket Lifeguard Service President Prathaiyut Chuayuan yesterday confirmed to The Phuket News that Phuket lifeguards had safely rescued 294 people, comprising 265 foreigners and 29 Thais, so far this year. 

However, Mr Prathaiyut also confirmed that there have been six deaths at Phuket beaches since the beginning of the year. (See story here.)

That figure was accurate until yesterday’s discovery.

 

 

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Christy Sweet | 01 September 2017 - 15:15:27

Am I mistaken that the linked  drowning article with the figure of 120 drowning deaths been removed ?

Eagle | 01 September 2017 - 14:56:57

Some people should learn to read an article well before commenting here !!Where is it written on this site that 120 people drowned last year? 

Sue Yu2 | 01 September 2017 - 14:08:54

The drowning deaths figure is manipulated to exclude those outside of lifeguards working hours. It also excludes all drownings which happened at/near local islands such as Racha Yai, also excludes pool drowning & fishing deaths. The actual figure is about 15. Plus jetski/parasail deaths.

Sam hayman | 01 September 2017 - 13:53:56

120 drowning deaths last year in Phuket however only 7 in the first 8 months of this year??? Big lie.

Gat Huckle | 01 September 2017 - 12:21:07

I was present when the body was brought ashore. It was done at the southern end of Patong beach, not Tri Trang.

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