THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Chinese tourist drowns at Patong Beach after entering water drunk, despite warnings

PHUKET: A 30-year-old Chinese tourist drowned at Patong Beach early Saturday morning (Mar 2) after ignoring warnings to not enter the water while drunk.

tourismChinesemarineaccidentsalcoholdeathpolicepatong
By Waranya Prompinpiras

Monday 4 March 2019, 01:28PM


Rescue workers arrived and rushed Mr Lu to Patong Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival. Photo: Patong Baywatch

Rescue workers arrived and rushed Mr Lu to Patong Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival. Photo: Patong Baywatch

Supat Tiangnoi, head of Patong Baywatch*, told The Phuket News this morning (Mar 4) that the incident happened while he and other Baywatch members were patrolling Patong Beach by ATV at about 4am.

Mr Supat said he saw a group of about nine Chinese tourists drinking alcohol together on the beach in front of Loma Park.

“The tourists were drunk, and I warned them that they should not play in the sea. I advised them that if they wanted to go into the water that they must not go any deeper than knee-level,” Mr Supat explained.

Mr Supat added that after warning the group, he moved on to patrol other areas of the beach.

At about 4:20am, some of the tourists came running up to him, calling for assistance, he said.

“They said that four Chinese male friends had gone into the sea, and that some of them had came back, but one man had disappeared,” Mr Supat said.

The missing man was later identified as Lu Meng Yang.

QSI International School Phuket

“We rushed into the water and found Mr Lu after about 15 minutes. He was face down in water about 200 meters from the beach,” Mr Supat said.

Mr Lu was brought ashore and emergency first aid was provided until rescue workers arrived and rushed him to Patong Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival, Mr Supat explained.

Lt Chanat Hongsitthichaikul of the Patong Police told The Phuket News this morning that the cause of death had been confirmed as drowning.

"Chinese consular officials have been notified of the incident,” he said.

“Mr Lu’s body remains at Patong Hospital awaiting his relatives to arrive from China,” he added.


* The Patong Baywatch team is a group of seven people, including former lifeguards, who patrol Patong Beach for safety. The team was created and remains funded by the Patong Development Foundation, which was founded by local businessman Preechavude ‘Prab’ Keesin, a son of long-time former Patong Mayor Pian Keesin.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

BenPendejo | 07 March 2019 - 19:02:42

Furthermore...at 4 AM, there couldn't have been many other swimmers on the beach.  If Team BGaywatch recognized the potential danger, they should have stayed and watched the drunken fools, and should have intervened when they saw the Chinese being dumber than usual.  Short and sweet...if they call themselves "LIFEguards"...they should be guarding lives.

BenPendejo | 07 March 2019 - 18:58:43

So Fasc...you re-read it, and don't go adding your own words like "if they were going to ignore him...".  And nobody implied that Team Baywatch had to risk their lives.  REAL lifeguards would have prevented this event and the ensuing tragedy.  Team GBaywatch actually recognized the potential danger, but used poor judgement and failed to prevent a preventable tragedy.

Fascinated | 06 March 2019 - 20:09:29

Crap judgement Ben- why should the (in your words)- wannabe lifeguard put his life in jeapordy for a bunch of drunks.  Why don't YOU read the article-he stated that if they were going to ignore him they should only go in up to their knees. In my book 'paddling' does not equal' swimming'. Please don't start sentences with 'so', either, it's so Millenial.

BenPendejo | 06 March 2019 - 10:42:35

Read the story ...the wannabe lifeguard said “The tourists were drunk, and I warned them that they should not play in the sea. I advised them that if they wanted to go into the water that they must not go any deeper than knee-level,”.  In short, Khun Baywatch told them they could go in the water...so they did...and one died as a result.  Crap judgement by team Baywatch.

christysweet | 05 March 2019 - 16:15:18

At one point China was going to ban travel to Phuket. I guess they realized they could lift the one child policy instead, and  let Phuket control the population with added benefit of "Darwin Award" pinpoint gene culling.

DeKaaskopp | 04 March 2019 - 22:04:24

Crappy 400 characters! Only the Chinese and there defiance are to blame .Not for the first time.

DeKaaskopp | 04 March 2019 - 21:56:49

"The party is over-go back to your hotel" The Chinese didn't listen when advised not to enter the water.Why should they listen to leave the beach. And those lifeguards have no legal rights to send them of the beach.So why blaming the guards.Oh forgot,that's  what you do always.I bet those guards saved some life already.Did you ever save someone from drowning ? Only the Chinese ar...

BenPendejo | 04 March 2019 - 17:40:24

So, 7 guys acting like lifeguards and calling themselves "Patong Baywatch" drive up at 4-AM and see 9 drunken Chinese, and generally tell them to "be careful"....then they leave.  Real lifeguards would have sensed the danger and said "the party is over..."DO NOT ENTER THE WATER"...it is time to go back to your hotel." Another example of unprofessional peepun...

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket Zoo baby elephant benched from tourist shows over health issues

The world was created free not only for people, for animals also. The limitation of freedom for peop...(Read More)


Thai Retailers Association attacks duty-free ruling

The present government is anything, but not of accuracy and transparency. Now committees and sub-c...(Read More)


King cobra female caught in Patong, 30 eggs missing from nest

"I don't want to use the law against local residents". And that is it? No investigatio...(Read More)


Phuket Songkran road accident toll climbs to two dead

Just how inane comment is this "He is on holiday...a perpetual one, just sitting on the compute...(Read More)


Wildfire contained at Phromthep Cape, fire warning re-issued

Every fire starts small. Mostly due to human doings. But how to make many inhabitants to understand ...(Read More)


After Songkran, Phuket water reductions continue to stretch reserves until rains return

'We' nicely report our water facts to Phuket inhabitants, as we always do. And further, we d...(Read More)


Boy, 14, killed as Phuket suffers worst Songkran road safety record in years

Why do you think somebody is interrested about your mind?? Do you realy think you are sooo important...(Read More)


Boy, 14, killed as Phuket suffers worst Songkran road safety record in years

Well maybe if everyone stopped calling these tragedies "accidents" and start recognizing t...(Read More)


Boy, 14, killed as Phuket suffers worst Songkran road safety record in years

Don't expect a serious reaction as respons from Governor and other top brass who are responsible...(Read More)


Phuket Songkran road accident toll climbs to two dead

Reading the final Phuket road accident reports ( and that are just the official ones) it justified t...(Read More)