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British tourist, 60, drowns at Karon Beach

PHUKET: A 60-year-old British tourist drowned at Karon Beach this afternoon (Nov 14).

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 14 November 2017, 05:59PM

The man was pulled unconscious from the water at Karon Beach at around 2pm today (Nov 14). Photo: Tourist Police Volunteers
The man was pulled unconscious from the water at Karon Beach at around 2pm today (Nov 14). Photo: Tourist Police Volunteers

The man, whose name The Phuket News is withholding until his family have been informed, was pronounced dead at Patong Hospital when transferred there after being pulled unconscious from the water at Karon Beach at just after 2pm.

A Marine Safety Unit based at the Tourist Information Centre of Karon Beach were informed about the incident at 2:20 pm.

Members of the unit performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man prior to him being taken to Patong Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The British Consulate in Phuket has been notified of the death.



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BenPendejo | 16 November 2017 - 13:46:23

Leave it to our favorite commentor to concur that the best policy for local government is to post a "no swimming" sign on a tourist beach during high season. No waves, beautiful day, spent $$$ on a tropical beach vacation to be greeted with a no swimming sign that is intended for use during dangerous conditions.  I can hear the official response now..."him no leed sign, him fault, not our pobpem.

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Jor12 | 15 November 2017 - 21:23:23

I fail to see any problem here. As the police officer is rightly pointing out in the photo there is no swimming. If anyone chooses to ignore warnings that is their problem similarly if one in incompetent or suffering from any disability there is no responsibility to tell you what to do in the open sea.

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BenPendejo | 15 November 2017 - 12:23:40

Another shameful death at the hands of Phuket officials, but we know they don't care one bit.  What was it that the fearless Governor said last week..."tourist safety is our big concern".  Ha!, yeah right.  Let's wait for their garbage response...something that will let everyone know that it was the tourist's fault. Disgusting situation. I hope the international media gets a hold of this tragedy.

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Kurt | 15 November 2017 - 11:36:15

Is it not pathetic to see a police officer at Phuket beach with his hand on a 'NO SWIM' sign?
Laughable, if it was not so serious about incompetence of Phuket Government to keep their guests ( tourists) in hands of good well trained Life guards at well known dangerous Phuket beaches.
How many tourist did die already during this complete not needed nonsense period of not having life guard.
But hey, Phuket authorities not care about well being of tourists.
The number of tourist coffins leaving Phuket tourist island prove that.
Yes, defibrillators, but not at Phuket 0.4 Smart island.
No time for that, officials now are obsessed and busy with 'Not smoking on beaches'.

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Sir Burr | 15 November 2017 - 09:16:45

CPR has only a limited success rate when compared to a defibrillator.
Modern, automatic defibrillators are cheap with no training required.
Many offices and airports now have emergency defibrillators for public use. There should be one on every single beach. 

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marcher | 14 November 2017 - 20:25:34

So the man's life was not worth the cost of a lifeguard. Perhaps proposed tourists should be warned in advance of the dangers of Phuket beaches

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