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Mai Khao beach declared ‘not safe’ after Chinese tourist in coma post-rescue

PHUKET: The Chief of the Mai Khao Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), Sarawut Srisakukam, has declared Mai Khao Beach not safe for swimming after a Chinese tourist was pulled form the water unconscious yesterday (Sept 19).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 20 September 2018, 12:39PM

Rescue workers from Mai Khao OrBorTor attended the scene yesterday (Sept 19). Photo: Mai Khao OrBorTor rescue workers

Rescue workers from Mai Khao OrBorTor attended the scene yesterday (Sept 19). Photo: Mai Khao OrBorTor rescue workers

UPDATE: The man, 56-year-old Chinese-born American Ding Suli is now on life support. See update story here.

Mr Sarawut told The Phuket News this morning, “I have not yet received any updates on the tourist’s condition. I am looking it that.”

The tourist, a young Chinese man, was pulled form the water just after midday yesterday (Sept 19).

“The tourist was swimming in front of a hotel about halfway along the beach, near the Pru Jampa Lake area,” Mr Sarawut explained, adding that the tourist entered the water where red ‘no swimming’ flags were posted.

Mai Khao OrBorTor rescue workers attended the scene. They administered CPR on the beach before rushing the man to Thalang Hospital, he added.

Mr Sarawut explained that there are only four lifeguards on Mai Khao Beach – Phuket’s longest beach at just over 10km long.

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Mai Kho OrBorTor hired the lifeguards directly, after LP Laikhum discontinued providing lifeguards, he added.

In November last year, LP Laikhum Managing Director Dr Nutpol Sirisawang flamed the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor) for not providing the equipment needed as per their agreement under the contract provided. (See story here.)

Meanwhile, Mr Sarawut said that red flags have been posted along Mai Khao Beach today (Sept 20).

“Mai Khao Beach is not safe right now. The rip currents and the strong waves are too dangerous. We have posted red flags on the beach where we can,” he said.

“I have also asked hotels in the area to warn their own guests about the dangers of entering the water at this time,” he added.



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Jor12 | 21 September 2018 - 19:40:12

You have just confirmed my point. If you don't know what you're doing, why do it?  If you can't swim, don't go into a surging sea. Pretty much common sense. No point in patrolling for fools who don't get it.  Let them drown and just patrol to gather the bodies. 

Rorri_2 | 21 September 2018 - 11:01:43

"What utter nonsense" unlike you, who knows "everything, there are people who do not know what the red flags mean, have never known about the dangers of water, eg rips... you're just as repulsive as ever, with the money generated, by tourism, the beaches should be patrolled a hell of a lot better, with well trained, well equipped, lifeguards.

Jor12 | 20 September 2018 - 19:36:12

What utter nonsense. If you can't swim properly, who in their right mind  swims when it is signposted, rips can easily be seen and strong waves. Clearly only those who are hell bent on committing suicide. Swim in the hotel swimming pools, you stupid fools.

BenPendejo | 20 September 2018 - 17:44:36

Wow...what a declaration for a beach holiday destination...that the beach is unsafe.  That is why people go go to the beach.  Phuket makes billions of dollars from tourism, but is still too cheap and unconcerned to provide lifeguard services.  "Just bring us the tourists and their money, and if we lose a few...oh well...plenty more where they come from". Shameful and disgustin...

Kurt | 20 September 2018 - 14:04:27

Are there any thai Phuket governor, vice-governor, or other government Officials daring to say that there is any of Phuket beaches safe?
I don't think so.
Further than photographed  self satisfactory 'sorry flower visits' in hospitals these officials not go.

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