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Chinese tourist, 67, in coma after being pulled unconscious from Phuket hotel pool

PHUKET: A 67-year-old female Chinese tourist is in a coma at Vachira Phuket Hospital after being pulled unconscious from the swimming pool of a hotel in Mai Khao yesterday evening.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 25 January 2017, 10:04AM

The woman was initially taken to Thalang Hospital but due to her condition was later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The woman was initially taken to Thalang Hospital but due to her condition was later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

At 7:17pm yesterday (Jan 24), Lt Col Sarit Butnongsang of the Tha Chatchai Police was informed of an incident where a Chinese woman had to be pulled unconscious from a hotel swimming pool in Mai Khao at the north of the island.

Upon arrival at the unnamed hotel, police were told by hotel staff that they had found the Chinese woman unconscious in the swimming pool. They recovered her from the pool and later Mai Khao rescue workers preformed CPR before transferring her to Thalang Hospital.

Lt Col Sarit said that Chinese woman, named as 67-year-old Chen Ping, was initially taken to Thalang Hospital but due to her condition was later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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“We believe that Ms Chen may have fallen into the pool. It was raining at the time the incident took place and it was slippery around the pool,” he said.

“When the woman was discovered in the pool she was still wearing shoes and did not have on a swimming costume,” Lt Col Sarit added.

Police are questioning Ms Chen’s relatives and hotel staffs to find out the true cause of accident.  



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Andy | 01 February 2017 - 19:54:19

Dear PN
Why won't you publish this? Jor12 calls me a "fool" and belittles me yet he writes complete bollocks. Do I really need to explain in detail Newton's laws of motion? Do you want informed comment on your site or just inane name calling?
Here it is again:

Once again you demonstrate you ignorance:
 “If you were to step on this surface, your foot would exert...

Jor12 | 30 January 2017 - 17:15:26

Andy/ the physics lesson you fools. If you can't understand it why do you even bother? At least Kurt has a little bit of a clue about slippery roads. 

Andy | 30 January 2017 - 13:32:15

I would like to rub some sense into your head. In order to do this I will rub your forehead with 40 grit sand paper. Don’t worry though I will wet it first so that according to you there will be no friction. 
Have you not ever seem 3M anti-slip tape? Or tile anti-slip liquid?

To paraphrase Mark Twain:
Better to keep your fingers away from the keyboard and be thought a fool, than appl...

Kurt | 30 January 2017 - 10:13:44

Time jor12 address the brainless drivers on Phuket.
According to him:
--- " Anything and everything is slippery when wet..even roads".
Tell that to the idiot speeding drivers who after a accident excuse themselves by saying that the road was wet and slippery.
--- jor12 also wrote: "Humans have a inbuilt warning is called brain.  Signs are there for the brain-dead&q...

Rorii | 30 January 2017 - 06:38:39

Jor12/Joe12/ whoever else, you waffle on, now an "expert" on physics,  you forget one thing, coefficient of friction, going by your "logic" then there would not be any friction between tires and a wet road, without friction a vehicle cannot move, ergo, a person could not walk 1 step, on a wet surface, do you now see how rediculous your comment is. Look up anti slip surfaces, it...

Jor12 | 29 January 2017 - 17:38:18

Rorii...given that you know very little, here is physics lesson for you. Rain or water comprises mobile molecules not fixed in a solid structural state but instead are able to flow. So, when a surface is wet, there is a thin layer of liquid above the solid surface. If you were to step on this surface, your foot would exert pressure on the liquid, displacing it. This displacement would cause your f...

Rorii | 28 January 2017 - 13:25:36

Jor12, that movie dumb and dumber, "Anything and everything is slippery when wet" even as a "clown" I know not "all" surfaces are slippery when wet.

Jor12 | 27 January 2017 - 21:39:34

Kurt...can't you read and understand the article man. It says, "It was raining at the time the incident took place." so it doesn't matter what time it happened or when Police were notified. It could have happened at 9pm that evening. 

It also doesn't prove the area was not safe, because you don't know that. Walking anywhere in the rain is not safe. So what your saying ...

Kurt | 26 January 2017 - 11:23:22

Swerv: At 07:17 PM a police Lt Col was informed about the accident.
The article didn't state that the accident happened at night time. 
It happened probably between 6 and 7 PM, that is time people dressed up go for dinner.
The fact that a dressed 67 years old lady, still wearing shoes when found, slipped into the pool proves that the walking area area around the hotel pool was not safe guar...

Kurt | 26 January 2017 - 11:13:22

Jor12:  My comment about Thalang hospital was separate comment, a question.
Completely separated, has nothing to do with the Chinese lady affair.
You reaction totally miss the point.

swerv | 26 January 2017 - 10:47:27

One other point about reading an article properly. Highly unlikely this pool would have had an attendant/lifeguard and even if they did the accident was at nighttime. Read before commenting.

Rorii | 26 January 2017 - 10:25:17

swerv, you never cease to amaze me, just how non-thinking you are, a wet area, eg, swimming pools, should have warning signs, and more importantly, NON SLIP paving, (look up "duty of care," though I don't think this exists in Thailand).. though for some strange reason, I think you find this hard to understand, pity you are so fixated on your anti kurt stance. Time to grow up. Look at...

Kurt | 26 January 2017 - 10:02:02

Swerv, nonsense.
Around my pool it is not slippery when it rains ( anti slip tiles).
If the hotel has tiles around the pool getting slippery when it rains that set up the signs, like they do in public toilets when they mob floors.
Actually this sign practice is obligatory in many countries where the visiting tourist come from. Specially around hotel pools.

swerv | 26 January 2017 - 09:25:37

Kurt: It was slippery because it was raining.
I wish you would read an article properly before making comments.

Jor12 | 25 January 2017 - 17:25:54 was raining at the time. What do you need a sign for? 

Common sense would tell you that because of her condition (see article), advanced and critical care coverage levels are greater at the largest Phuket Hospital. But, if you don't like it you can always complain to the Hospital.

Kurt | 25 January 2017 - 11:52:27

Is Thalang hospital a full utilized hospital with professional medical specialists, or is it just a kind of medical  First Aid Station?
All the time we read about transfers from Thalang hospital to other hospitals in Phuket Town.

Kurt | 25 January 2017 - 11:47:44

...It was slippery around the pool... Any warning signs around the pool?
No attendant on duty that time to warn old guests about 'slippery'?
Slippery area not closed off?
Guess the lung tissues of that 67 years old lady already damaged to much to survive.
Very sad.

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