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Chinese tourist, 18, resuscitated at Koh Poda east of Phuket

PHUKET: An 18-year-old Chinese tourist on a ‘snorkelling’ excursion with a group of friends drowned and was resuscitated by park officials at 4pm yesterday (Oct 10) after swimming without a life jacket or snorkel at Koh Poda in Ao Nang, Krabi.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 10:45AM


Rescue officers organised a speedboat to bring Mr Gnan back to Nopparat Thara pier and gave him CPR en route. Photo: Koh Poda protection unit

Rescue officers organised a speedboat to bring Mr Gnan back to Nopparat Thara pier and gave him CPR en route. Photo: Koh Poda protection unit

Mr Gnan Shengvu was on a longtail snorkelling trip from Ao Nang Beach with a group of about six friends. They went snorkeling to see the coral in front of Poda Island beach,” said Chief Security Officer of the Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park Mr Theerayut Boonlert.

But while he was swimming he did not wear a life jacket, only shorts. He did not wear snorkel equipment either,” explained Mr Theerayut.

After national park rescue officers were informed that Mr Gnan had drowned they arrived to find him floating face down in water about one metre deep,” he added.

Rescue officers organised a speedboat to bring Mr Gnan back to Nopparat Thara pier and administered CPR en route.

They continued pumping until his heart started to work again and he began choking water. Then he was in a stable condition once he arrived ashore,” said Mr Theerayut.

Rescue workers from the Ao Nang Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) brought Mr Gnan to Krabi Hospital, confirmed Mr Theerayut.

He is in a safe condition, but he is still in the close care of doctors,” he said.

It is expected that the incident was more likely caused by the man choking on water before becoming unconscious, than a drowning incident, due to the area of the incident being a shallow water area.

However, officials will continue to investigate the exact cause of the incident,” he added.

 

 

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Eagle | 11 October 2017 - 15:10:57

As this article nowhere states that the Chinese went on a guided tour,no one is to blame except the Chinese himself,especially no Phuket authorities, as Krabi is responsible for Koh Poda and the trip started in Ao Nang {by longtail boat}.

Kurt | 11 October 2017 - 11:16:09

Did the 'speed boat tour' not provide a life jacket and snorkel?
Did the speed boat crew/tour guide not guidance the tourists? 

This is a Phuket authority responsible situation. It should not have happened.

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