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Father, two kids saved from drowning in Phuket

Father, two kids saved from drowning in Phuket

PHUKET: Three Chinese tourists who ignored red flags at Naithon Beach were saved from drowning by lifeguards earlier this afternoon (August 19).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 19 August 2017, 05:24PM

Three Chinese tourists were saved from drowning earlier today. Photo: Thanapong Kuenun

Three Chinese tourists were saved from drowning earlier today. Photo: Thanapong Kuenun

Lifeguards stationed at Phuket’s popular Naithon Beach were called to help three Chinese tourists at about 2.30 today.

Headman of local Moo 4 village Thanapong Kuenun noticed that an adult and two kids were washed into the sea by huge waves and alerted the lifeguards who rushed into the surf and brought all three back to the beach.

The tourists were later identified as Mr Doojun, 39, and his two children: Zhen Zhe Su, 8, and Chan Ruiying, 9 (all being Chinese nationals).

According to lifeguards, the children were just weak and stressed, while their father was brought back to safety unconscious. CPR was administered on the beach and then a rescue team from Sakoo Municipality rushed Mr Doojun and his children to Thalang Hospital.

“All of them are safe now. Doctors will look after them until they get better,” Deputy Chief of Phuket Lifeguard Service Vitanya Chuayuan confirmed.

Lt Col Bandasak Srilert of Sakoo Police later told The Phuket News that Chinese tourists ignored red flags on the beach.

“They were a family of four on a trip, two children and parents. They went into the surf in a red flag zone,” Lt Col Bandasak said.

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yvonne | 20 August 2017 - 03:29:46

Meant to add: Irresponible Parents also endangering the lives of their OWN CHILDREN !

yvonne | 20 August 2017 - 03:25:08

TOURISTS JUST KEEP ON IGNORING RED FLAGS !!Not just ENDANGERING their OWN lives but also those trying to save them and then still to top it all, IRRESPONSIBLE PARENTS endangering the lives of their OWN !To top it all, Some Parents not keeping an eye over their children but ACTUALLY INVOLVING them ILLEGALLY by the way, HIGH TIME there now HEAVY PENALTIES for Tourists involved in these actions !Seem...

Kurt | 19 August 2017 - 20:25:08

Why the Phuket beach guards let tourists entering the water were they planted the red flags?
Phuket Beach guards should be there to keep the Asian tourists out of the water.
It is by now well known that just flags not work! Right?
The Phuket beach Guards should  probably given more authority?
Make a guard system that works, stop bla bla sorry.

Hey, implement a beach law and enforce it!
I k...

BenPendejo | 19 August 2017 - 18:13:45

Good job Naithon lifeguards.  Probably the most "on-the-ball" lifeguards in Phuket.


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