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Iranian tourist drowns off Patong after ignoring no-swimming red flags

PHUKET: A 30-year-old Iranian national was pronounced dead yesterday evening (July 4) while be transported to Patong Hospital, after his unconscious body was retrieved from rough waters in Patong Bay.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 5 July 2015, 08:18AM


Photo: Phuket Warning Friends Line Group

Photo: Phuket Warning Friends Line Group

Witnesses said that the drowning victim Mr Hasan Fhakhr was among a group of carefree tourists who ignored red flags posted on the beach, near Bangla Road, and opted on swimming amongst two-meter waves.

One of those waves honed in on the group of tourists beforing pulling Mr Hasan Fhakhr further out into the bay.

By the time he could be retrieved, he was already unconscious. Standersby and lifeguards attempted to revive the victim with CPR while waiting for emergency transport, which arrived moments later. 

But, finally all efforts were to no avail as the victim was finally pronounced dead en route to hospital. An autopsy is being conducted while authorities attempt to notify the Iranian Embassy.

 

 

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