CLASSIFIEDS ONLY THB 2,500 + VAT FOR 3 LANGUAGES The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Man drowns in dangerous Phuket surf, no lifeguards as ordered

PHUKET: A 36-year-old Thai man has died from drowning despite being pulled from the surf by bystanders at Layan Beach yesterday afternoon (May 1).

tourism, marine, death, weather,


The Phuket News

Wednesday 2 May 2018, 05:41PM


Sanya Makwut is carried off the beach after attempts to revive him failed. Photo: Supplied
Sanya Makwut is carried off the beach after attempts to revive him failed. Photo: Supplied

There were no lifeguards on patrol at the beach, while the death marks the first beach drowning of the year during the notorious southwest monsoon, when dangerous surf and flash rips dominate along Phuket’s west coast.

The Phuket News learned of the incident today (May 2) only after bystanders of the beach contacted the newspaper directly.

L/Cpl Puwavit Thonchart of the Thalang Police this afternoon confirmed that the police report log noted that the Thalang Police were notified of the incident at 3:25pm.

“A Thai man, 36-year-old Sanya Makwut, was pulled unconsciousness from the water,” L/Cpl Puwavit said.

“He was taken to Thalang Hospital, and was pronounced dead there,” L/Cpl Puwavit said, adding that doctors recorded the cause of death as drowning.

“I don’t know who rescued him from the water. Maj Nattaya Suphanpong was the officer who responded to this case. She has other details about this incident.” L/Cpl Puwavit explained.

QSI International School Phuket

However, Maj Nattaya did not answer calls from The Phuket News this afternoon.

Photos provided to The Phuket News show bystanders on the beach administering CPR to Mr Sanya, while visitors to the beach looked on.

Of note, Layan Beach is not covered by lifeguards provided by government contractor Laikhum Co Ltd, which is currently contracted to provide lifeguards only at Surin, Bang Tao, Nai Thon and Mai Khao beaches...

All other beaches along the west coast are to have lifeguards provided by the local municipality for each area. (See story here.)

However, as recently as March 14, volunteer lifeguards were removed from Kamala Beach for the reason that they were not lifeguards employed by Laikhum Co Ltd – even though Laikhum Co Ltd is to specifically not provide lifeguard services there. (See story here.)

The move the effectively leaves all other beaches officially unpatrolled as Phuket enters its most dangerous time of the year for beach drownings.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
Security:
   => Forget password?

Kurt | 04 May 2018 - 10:19:14

Huh? To call para-sailboat drivers with tourist in harnass up in the air + Myanmar jet ski boys (some illegal) 'excellent' Life guards goes a bit to far.
A good and excellent Life Guard is a trained Guard. Professional in giving First Aid, CPR and preventing beach visitors to get in dangerous life threatening situations ( Rip tide currents).
Prevention is a big part of the job.

The Phuket News

vegasbaby | 03 May 2018 - 22:01:29

Thank goodness that the jet ski and para-sail operators have not been removed from the beaches.  They are excellent lifeguards and can save lives.

The Phuket News

Christy Sweet | 03 May 2018 - 21:14:29

Educate. Rip Tide Avoidance and Actions. Educate. Rip Tide Avoidance and Actions. Educate.....

The Phuket News

yopp | 03 May 2018 - 10:27:24

Three people were pulled away by a current in a calm sea. Children at the beach started calling for help. About thirty seconds later five people entered the water. One with a life vest and two floaters, another one with an air mattress. The three others retrieved the victim. Took them almost two minutes to reach him. Ambulance arrived after twenty minutes.

The Phuket News

Kurt | 03 May 2018 - 09:45:52

The Phuket authority/Official who 'ordered' life guard at beaches more than 1 month ago (!), obviously is responsible for the death of tourists at Phuket beaches.
A Government Official who only 'orders' and than not check or his orders are carried out is not suitable for the job. He is good for nothing. 
Phuket not need publicity bla-blayers but functioning Officials.

The Phuket News

Wiesel | 03 May 2018 - 09:32:15

If you dont know how or when to swimm in the sea please stay away and feel safe in some swimmingpool. take care yourself is the best and most safe way. 

The Phuket News

moskito | 03 May 2018 - 00:01:38

what a terrible journalistic mess this article is... so WHERE did he die? At Layam Beach...wich is too long anyways for lifeguards or on Kamala beach... 

citation: However, as recently as March 14, volunteer lifeguards were removed from Kamala Beach

The Phuket News

BenPendejo | 02 May 2018 - 22:52:26

So...“I don’t know who rescued him from the water..." said police Maj Nattaya Suphanpong.  The answer is !!! NOBODY !!! Just wait, there is going to be more to come.  I saw the so-called lifeguards at Surin...sitting behind a wind block with their backs to the ocean, one sleeping, the other 2 smoking and talking to people on the road.  Utter JOKE!

The Phuket News

crispy | 02 May 2018 - 18:36:44

this is ridiculous they dont supply life gaurds at kamala but the volunteers were removed ?it doesn\'t make any sense surely a volunteer guard is better than no guard .   

The Phuket News

allirob | 02 May 2018 - 17:59:08

This is a crazy situation - no lifeguards !!!!   Dont be a tourist in Thailand! 

The Phuket News
Matches 10 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Emerald Group CEO Sawit Ketroj seeks to reassure Phuket public, investors

Neither sad nor bitter,it's more like being very amused when reading something like:"The reason i rent is because these people can't sell...(Read More)


Dead or alive, search for whale shark continues off Phuket

As I said this is what Thai fishing boats do, they destroy all marine life caught in their long line nets, zero regulation/ sustainability, authoritie...(Read More)


Dead or alive, search for whale shark continues off Phuket

So.. we can "expect the penalty against him to be very serious"...like, somewhere along the lines of Premchai the jaguar killer and soup mak...(Read More)


Dead or alive, search for whale shark continues off Phuket

5 more days searching. Who is paying for that? The owner or the Captain of the fishing boat? On top of a 100,000 thb fine or so? Must be more, as russ...(Read More)


Emerald Group CEO Sawit Ketroj seeks to reassure Phuket public, investors

DKP- you really are a sad and bitter person aren't you!The reason I rent is because these people CAN'T sell their properties and have to rent ...(Read More)


Dead or alive, search for whale shark continues off Phuket

A dead shark fall deep on bottom of the sea because it has not a swim bladder with air but use its fins to go up and down; So, the whale shark is on t...(Read More)


Public rallies banned for coup anniversary

Why is a unelected army Junta afraid of democratic peoples movements calling for democracy? Up to 3520 police officers to protect the few Junta Gener...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Make them pay for plastic

You can't impose fines, because there is never anyone available to enforce anything. You have to sting them right at the point of purchase, and it...(Read More)


Phuket Governor orders public vote on marina project amid concerns over coral damage

Based on my experience after seeing many controversial projects, the main selling of a project is done by wealthy interests with no interest other tha...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Make them pay for plastic

In developed countries, there is usually a charge of some kind for plastic. The money generated is then used to clean things up and process the trash...(Read More)

The Phuket News
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.