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Chinese tourist dies during island day trip off Phuket

PHUKET: A 26-year-old Chinese tourist has died after being pulled from the water unconscious at Racha Noi Island, south of Phuket, yesterday (Oct 15).

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Monday 16 October 2017, 10:38AM

Chinese tourist He Sixiang from landlocked Guizhou Province, just 26 years old, was pronounced dead from drowning after his body was found floating face down during a snorkelling day-trip tour Racha Noi Island south of Phuket. Photo: Phuket Tourist Police
Chinese tourist He Sixiang from landlocked Guizhou Province, just 26 years old, was pronounced dead from drowning after his body was found floating face down during a snorkelling day-trip tour Racha Noi Island south of Phuket. Photo: Phuket Tourist Police

Lt Sakkarin Sangjaroen of the Chalong Police and Phuket Tourist Police were notified of the incident at 3:40pm.

Tour operators at Racha Noi transported the body of the man, later identified as He Sixiang, 26, from landlocked Guizhou Province, to Chalong Pier and then taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.

“Mr He was on holidays with his girlfriend. He was staying a hotel in Patong and was to return home tomorrow (Oct 17),” Lt Jetsada Wichian of Phuket Tourist Police told The Phuket News.

Mr He was on a snorkelling tour to Racha Island when the incident happened, Lt Jetsada said.

Tourist Police identified the tour operator as “Aqua Dive Centre Co”.

“At 11:30am, the tour stopped at Banana Bay for lunch and swimming. At 1:30pm, the tour guide noticed that Mr He was missing when the guide checked the list of tourists present before moving to another place.

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“The tour operator searched and found Mr He floating face down on the water. He was still wearing a snorkel. His hand was holding a life jacket that had not been put on,” Lt Jetsada added.

“Mr He was pulled from the water and rendered first aid, but he remained unconscious and unresponsive,” Lt Jetsada explained.

Mr He was later pronounced dead from drowning.

It was not reported how far from the tour party or boat Mr He’s body was found, or who was entrusted with watching over the tourists while they were in the water, or whether Mr He’s girlfriend was present to watch Mr He die.

Mr He’s girlfriend and his family in China have been informed of his death, Lt Jetsada noted.



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benny99 | 17 October 2017 - 04:33:40

That's strange, not wearing life jacke. He probably doesn't feel comfortable snorkeling with the jacket on and took if off, who knows.  

Anyway, Thailand beaches are fun with crystal clear deep water;  However, tourists forget how dangerous swimming/snorkeling can be in open water and do not take precautions.  Do not solely rely on life guards or others to look out after you. You're...

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Kurt | 16 October 2017 - 20:36:45

That day small boats were advised not to sail out.
Why is it that these boat men can do what they want in their uneducated approach/thinking, and still sail out with tourists?
Is it not time thai government do a bit more than 'advice' in order to protect tourists and care about THEIR safety?
Small vessels with uneducated/unlicensed crew should not be advised, but forbidden.
Why is the ...

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CaptainJack | 16 October 2017 - 15:44:20

I have to point out that the weather on that day was aweful. A big storm had been wreaking havoc for 3 solid days. No speedboat should have been out in that. 

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alan morison | 16 October 2017 - 15:17:21

Phuket pretends to be a great safe year-round beach and snorkelling destination,  then when people drown, sends them home in boxes. It really is time that the authorities realised that people will misinterpret instructions. Attitudes must change or tourists will seek out destinations where their lives are actually protected. 

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Kurt | 16 October 2017 - 13:00:29

Still low season on Phuket, but already daily tourists die.
Tourists, many of them never experience beaches/sea swell/rip currents before in their life.
No experience with snorkling either.
When start Phuket authorities from the top (Governor) to the work floor ( at beaches) to save lives?

High season ( beaches) is around the corner.
Will that be a increase of numbers dying tourists due to ...

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simon01 | 16 October 2017 - 12:09:53

These speed boats tours are death traps. untrained idiots driving the boats, unqualified guides and no instructors. No rescue and no dafety. These are real cowboys. if Phuket want to improve its reputation then all these speed boats companies need to be stopped. They need drivers with international skippers licenses, they need qualified instructors with the tourist. Eve PADI instructors will only ...

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