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Phuket lifeguards urge beach caution after Russian man, Thai girl rescued from drowning

Phuket lifeguards urge beach caution after Russian man, Thai girl rescued from drowning

PHUKET: Nai Harn lifeguards are urging beachgoers to be careful in the water after a 6-year-old Thai girl was rescued from drowning in a lagoon near Nai Harn Beach and a Russian man was resuscitated after he became separated from friends while swimming at Yanui Beach yesterday afternoon (Jan 31).

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By The Phuket News

Monday 1 February 2021, 01:28PM


Lifeguards were first alerted to the girl’s condition at about 12:50pm when a boy came running up to lifeguards calling for help, Nai Harn chief lifeguard Chula Nontree told The Phuket News.

“When we arrived, the girl had already been brought out of the water. She was choking on water and looked tired, so we administered her immediate first aid and provided oxygen to help her breathe. Then we called an ambulance to take her to Chalong Hospital,” he said.

“For the Russian man [at Yanui Beach], lifeguards were called to help at about 4pm,” Mr Chula added.

“The man went out to swim with two friends, but they became separated and ended up a long way from each other,” he said.

“The man was about 200 metres from the beach. He was shouting out and signalling for help. When lifeguards reached him, he had already gone under the surface of the water,” Mr Chula explained. 

“LIfeguards brought him back to shore and he was exhausted, so we provided him oxygen to assist his breathing and had him taken him to hospital,” he said.

“He was still conscious when he was on the beach, but later we were told by ambulance staff that he became unconscious on the way to the hospital. The ambulance workers helped him to regain consciousness and continued to provide emergency care until his condition stabilised,” Mr Chula said.

“We have called to follow up the condition of both the Russian man and the little girl, and hospital staff confirmed they were both safe,” he added.

Mr Chula urged all people to be careful when swimming at the beach, and especially urged parents to make sure their children are safe at all times while playing in the water.

“I want parents to keep a close watch on their children when letting them go swimming or doing other activities in the water because unexpected incidents can happen at any time,” Mr Chula said.

“Although the waves right now are not very high and not that dangerous, we want everyone to be careful and be alert of their surroundings at all times,” he added.

“If we set flag areas [marking where it is safe to swim], please swim only in the areas marked and follow lifeguards’ suggestions,” Mr Chula urged.

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Capricornball | 04 February 2021 - 20:38:25

@Dukkk - Sort of, but they are there for public safety, looking out for morons that are clueless in the water, as well as kids belonging to irresponsible parents, of which there are many. They are paid to protect the public, but are often just as irresponsible as the parents they're there to protect and babysit for.

Dukkkman | 04 February 2021 - 09:27:06

Yes the lifeguards are there to act as baby sitters, that way the parents can sit on the beach and look at their phone all day without having to look after their pesky kids.

Kurt | 03 February 2021 - 11:39:20

During weekends many Thai families sit below tries beside 'lagoon', picnicking and leaving the styrofoam/plastic debris just were they drop it. Their childeren playing in 2 feet deep Lagoon. A life guard than should sit at lagoon with chair/umbrella. Prevention/proactive! A child can drawn in less than 2 feet of water.

Capricornball | 02 February 2021 - 23:33:13

Wiesel, you're clueless as to the responsibilities of a lifeguard. They are not there to "reakt", they should be diligent and properly trained to see potential issues, and to prevent them before they happen. JohnC is correct, most lifeguards in Phuket are poorly trained, inattentive, and constantly distracted. As these cases show, they only showed up after the fact and were lucky. 

Kurt | 02 February 2021 - 12:17:26

That small shallow lagoon between Naiharn Lake and the Naiharn beach is often the location of danger for small children. Why is there no Life Guard post beside it?
The present Life guard post is very close to The Naiharn Hotel. Life guards sitting there have totally no overall look of Naiharn beach/small lagoon happening.  Waiting for next small child  lagoon happening.

Wiesel | 02 February 2021 - 12:16:54

Parents are liable for their kids and bad swimmers should use swimmingpools in stead of sea. The  lifeguards can only reakt and not prevent. They rescued the people, safed their live including risk their owns and deserve thanks instead of  unqualified comments of eternal naggers.

JohnC | 02 February 2021 - 10:13:04

Whenever I go to Naiharn beach the lifeguards are always keeping a close watch on their smartphones rather than the swimmers they are paid to protect. 

 

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