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Five children rescued from Phuket surf, one missing

PHUKET: The search is underway this afternoon (July 30) for a child dragged out to sea by a strong rip current at Nai Yang Beach.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 30 July 2018, 01:03PM

One of the children, Nawapol Laolang, 12, a student at Muang Thalang School, points to where he and his friends were caught in the rip current. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

One of the children, Nawapol Laolang, 12, a student at Muang Thalang School, points to where he and his friends were caught in the rip current. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The missing boy, 11-year-old Supat Jampathong, a student at Wat Mongkolwararam School, was one of six friends playing in the shore break when they were overpowered by big waves and started being dragged away from the beach.

Two of the children were rescued by a local surfer, Norwegian national Terje Tonnessen, 37. The other three managed to scramble ashore by themselves.

The boys already brought to shore said they were playing in water only knee deep.

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The search for Supat continues.

Thalang District Chief Adul Chuthong has informed Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong of the incident and that he has orderd the beach closed for swimming with red flags posted along the entire length of the beach.



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Jor12 | 06 August 2018 - 21:39:58

How else can one comment to such a baseless ridiculous remark other than with the obvious? Haha civic duty?

Christy Sweet | 06 August 2018 - 08:27:55

The thing about the Thai  sexpat's constant  ad hominem is it's not an effective argument for...well,  anything, really.  But it is entertaining when they begin grasping at... feathers.     

Jor12 | 05 August 2018 - 20:48:14

Civic duty refers to the responsibilities of citizens to the country where they live. Your comment is the antithesis of that notion.

Jor12 | 05 August 2018 - 20:32:48

You also forgot to quote, "The editorial is just an opinion which is open to conjecture which has been applied." Hell, the commentator can't even do a simple Google search to find info, in order make an informed judgement, which is why he spends his time on PN. I also mentioned something about "unintelligent"

DeKaaskopp | 05 August 2018 - 09:52:33

"My motive is civic duty.."Another ridiculous comment from Phuket's laughing stock.As you mentioned a poster in Phuket Town saying"Yankee go home" i would totally support that in your case.BTW,how come that your personell masterpiece with the roosters {article on here} can't be found anymore,even so it is still listed under"Popular"comments?

Rorri_2 | 05 August 2018 - 07:09:23

"If you believe editorials are factual / true, they are not", well there we have it folks, we don't want to be unintelligent, no longer do we need to read, listen or watch any media, we only need to listen to Jor12.

ematt | 04 August 2018 - 14:16:04

"My motive is civic duty ". Thanks for that! I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants!

Christy Sweet | 04 August 2018 - 11:46:57

My motive is civic duty - warn other foreigners  that Thailand specializes in deceit and fake smiles. 

Jor12 | 03 August 2018 - 19:54:57

Well no i don't, if you read. From what you want, readers are to believe what you say ...that clearly is not happening. The editorial is just an opinion which is open to conjecture which has been applied. If you believe editorials are factual / true, they are not. They would be true to the unintelligent. 

Pauly44 | 03 August 2018 - 10:24:04

What truth, are you mindless?? It's written in black and white yet you always attempt to spout your rhetoric spin, heck even editorials on here tell it how it is and you're still oblivious, I'm convinced you are a local troll.

Christy Sweet | 03 August 2018 - 10:04:05

That big warning sign at Tham Luang cave was placed after the boys were trapped, one of those useless but face saving measures Thais are so fond of.  

Jor12 | 02 August 2018 - 18:37:41

What "truth". I don't read any, only baseless childish innuendo and invective, without any substance at all and you still telling people what to do. Such comments do not endear you to anyone. Perhaps if you write something substantive and meaningful, reasoned dialogue might ensue.

Pauly44 | 01 August 2018 - 18:22:20

So the real gang of four fairy's arks up when the truth hurts! You take acceptance to the extreme to justify your existence, you have lost touch with the real world, you sound as though you are living in an inpenetrable Thai bubble, where you are impervious to what goes on around you, wake up the lot of you and stop defending the indefensible.

Jor12 | 01 August 2018 - 17:54:42

What exactly is "reality" if not the state of things as they actually exist? If others have a right to "opinions," who might you be to tell people what to do? 

ematt | 01 August 2018 - 17:23:40

Not pretending anything and not making excuses for anybody because neither are necessary. And of course everyone is entitled to their opinions! But when those opinions are consistently hateful, vindictive, culturally insensitive or outright racist, I cannot help but wonder about one's motives.

DeKaaskopp | 01 August 2018 - 15:31:12

Re:Cave Entrance Sign! Not only was it written in Thai Press,you may read the story on Wikipedia too.And on "USA Today" you can find a pic of the big entrance sign saying the following in English and Thai: "Danger-July-November the cave is flooding season" So i guess there is something wrong with your vision or memory.But i am "Just saying"

Pauly44 | 01 August 2018 - 13:05:10

If you're happy living there that's nobody's business but yours but don't sit there pretending, making ridiculous excuses which don't make any sense ignoring reality for the sake of it, btw - other people also have a right to their opinions.

ematt | 01 August 2018 - 12:45:41

What would PN readers do without the expert posters here pointing out to the rest of us everything that is wrong with the people, the country, and the culture? Oh wait, maybe if one is miserable living here, one feels resentful toward those who are in fact happy to live here, and therefore feels the need to attack and denigrate...  endlessly....

CaptainJack69 | 01 August 2018 - 12:21:14

?... 10 foot high permanent sign directly in front of cave entrance "WARNING: These caves flood when it rains!".  Been there for years. Just saying.

Rorri_2 | 01 August 2018 - 11:13:58

"Really, only Thais", I don't think the word "only" was used, this is simply your interpretation, every day we see time after time, a high percentage of Thais ignoring signs, rules, laws etc.

Pauly44 | 01 August 2018 - 06:52:49

Have you ever seen a Thai obey a sign or any rule for that matter? They have complete and utter disregard for all laws as they believe they are above them and can do whatever the hell they like through their upbringing, see kids riding motorbikes, remember we are talking about a small country that tops the list worldwide for road deaths, now that is an achievement and says it all.

DeKaaskopp | 31 July 2018 - 17:42:18

"But thais aren't great at heeding warnings..."Really,only Thais? What about the thousands of stupid tourists from all over the world who   still jump into the sea despite red flags? And regarding the cave: They entered the cave one week before the given advice not to enter that cave! So you can save your "Just saying"

CaptainJack69 | 31 July 2018 - 13:07:11

Love the way the lad in the pic is engaged in the Thai tradition of pointing at the offending party. Only this time the offending party is the sea and he and his friends should have heeded the obvious warnings and not gone in.  But Thai's aren't great at heeding warnings are they, not on beaches or on caves... Just saying.

BenPendejo | 30 July 2018 - 20:44:58

Or maybe the governor can show his appreciation by giving the Norwegian bloke one of the left-over death baskets meant for the Chinese family from the Phoenix disaster, since they ended up dropping the death toll by a few bodies...therefore there should be a few extra baskets, and I'm sure he'll want to save a few bucks on those silly tourists that keep stealing the spotlight.

Kurt | 30 July 2018 - 17:14:18

The phuket government officials are or dumb or without any feeling/responsebility seen the continuing Phuket beach drawings, and still not provide trained beach life guards.
Phuket Governor should thank this Norwegian tourist for rescue of 2 kids, with a photo/press session and a certificate of  rescue thanks.
Perhaps pay his hotel bill as a true gesture of thanks.

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