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Indian tourist missing, swept out to sea from Phuket beach

PHUKET: A rescue team from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command is searching off Phuket’s west coast for an Indian national who was swept out to sea at Karon Beach late yesterday afternoon (July 25).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 26 July 2018, 04:15PM


The search is for 33-year-old Gaurav Mann, confirmed police.

According to a brief report by the Karon Police, officers were informed at 5:05pm that Mr Mann had been swept away from the beach by a strong rip current in front of the Nong Han Park.

Mr Mann was playing in the water with a friend, also an Indian national, at 4:30pm, police said.

The wind and waves were strong while they were playing, said the report.

After about 30 minutes, Mr Mann and his friend became caught in a strong rip current.

They had had entered the water at a section of beach marked with red “no swimming” flags as the surf in that area is too dangerous for swimmers.

A lifeguard was called to help, but could only recover Mr Mann’s friend before Mr Mann was swept away.

The search team, from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command emergency rescue centre set up further south along the 3.4-kilometre long beach, are continuing to look for him, The Phuket News was told this afternoon (July 26).

 

 

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BenPendejo | 26 July 2018 - 18:54:43

Wow...big surprise again. Chalk up another death due to inept lifeguards. And of course they mention the red flag issue, the standard Thai "blame the tourist" response. I have also noticed that the designated swimming area is always in the same location, that being in front of where the lifeguards rent chairs...never changes. Good lifeguards would have prevented this tragedy.

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