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No lifeguards on Phuket beaches for two days, tourists urged to refrain from swimming

PHUKET: A Surin lifeguard volunteer has urged people to avoid swimming at Phuket beaches over the weekend as there will be no experienced lifeguards on duty.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Saturday 21 October 2017, 09:30AM

A spanish man was saved by a local surfer at Surin beach yesterday (Oct 20). Photo: Supplied
A spanish man was saved by a local surfer at Surin beach yesterday (Oct 20). Photo: Supplied

Ms Vitanya Chuayuan, deputy head of Phuket Lifeguard Service Co Ltd told The Phuket News that “many of the former lifeguards from the Phuket Lifeguard Service will be heading to Khao Lak to take part in a surf competition for the next three days.

“There will be no former lifeguards on patrol at Ya Nui, Nai Harn, Kata, Karon, Kamala, Bang Tao, Nai Yang, Mai Khao or Surin beaches during that period,” she said on Friday (Oct 20).

"We will come back around Monday,” Ms Vitanya added.

A beach safety official from a local government organization, who did not want to be named, warned the public to be wary of swimming at the island’s beaches over the weekend.

“There will be no former Phuket lifeguards during this time, because at present they are working as unpaid volunteers and are not obliged to patrol the beaches. We urge tourists to be careful and to observe the red flags. There will only be rescue teams from the Cherng Talay Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) and the Phuket Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) officials on patrol, but we don’t have the level of experience of the former Phuket lifeguards,” stressed the official.

“For example, yesterday (Oct 20) a Spanish man was washed out of the beach at 4pm. His name is Joser Girandez, and he got struck in the water at Surin beach. A tourist surfer managed to get to him and bring Joser back to the beach in safety. Next, I went to give first aid to him until he was better,” he added.

“Newly trained volunteers and staff lifeguards do not have adequate experience like the former professional lifeguards. No one wants to see people die, here,” said the official.



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BenPendejo | 23 October 2017 - 22:49:34

Records about the number of drownings...HA!  Knowing how this place works, they probably count them the same way as they count their shameful motorbike deaths... if the person isn't dead in the water...then they don't count...just someone who died from respiratory failure or from having water in their lungs.  Thailand's approach to all things related to tourist safety is beyond shamefu...

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Kurt | 23 October 2017 - 16:18:00

For sure the Governor and TAT are not publishing that figure.
Denial,lying about it makes you have to feel lesser your own incompetence.
Thinking about it, it looks like Phuket has no Governor.
Where is our Phuket island Governor in this dramatic affair?

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Christy Sweet | 21 October 2017 - 18:52:33

Where can I find a record of how many people have drowned?

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Kurt | 21 October 2017 - 10:48:05

It is getting worse by the day for Phuket Tourist Industry.
Now, in a way Phuket has no beaches for tourists.
Surprised? Yes!
Yes, they can sit in the sand only and look to the sea, that is all, according Phuket authority advices. Do not step into the water!

Where is the Governor of Phuket? Is the Governor actually on Phuket? 
Does he know what kind of tourist disaster is going on at his is...

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