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Russian tourist drowns at Phuket beach

Russian tourist drowns at Phuket beach

PHUKET: A Russian tourist pulled unconscious from the water at Bang Tao Beach yesterday afternoon has died, the Phuket Lifeguard Chief has confirmed.

By Yutthawat Lekmak

Tuesday 8 November 2016, 11:33AM

Rescue workers perform CPR on the beach in the hopes of reviving Mr Agapov. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Club

Rescue workers perform CPR on the beach in the hopes of reviving Mr Agapov. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Club

Lifeguards recovered Petr Agapov, 57, from the water at about 2pm, Phuket Lifeguard Chief Prathaiyut Chuayuan told The Phuket News.

“The man was unconscious when lifeguard brought him onto the beach,” Mr Prathaiyut said.

“Rescue workers administered CPR before transporting him to Thalang Hospital. He was then quickly transported to Vachira Phuket Hospital.”

Mr Agapov was pronounced dead at 7pm. Doctors at Vachira Hospital confirmed the cause of death as drowning, Mr Prathaiyut added.

The Russian Embassy has been notified of Mr Agapov’s death, he noted.


Mr Prathaiyut explained that the waves in the area where Mr Agapov was recovered from the water were not overly dangerous.

“But our lifeguards are not allowed to patrol that area near the southern end of the beach because a hotel there prefers to have their own staff to look after swimmers’ safety there,” he said.

“When people noticed that Mr Agapov was in danger, our lifeguards had to be called in from further up the beach. It’s not far, but in emergencies every second counts,” Mr Prathaiyut said.

Mr Agapov was a guest staying at that same hotel that prefers to have its own staff watch over swimmers, he added.

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Kurt | 07 June 2017 - 11:35:10

You really have a point, one should indeed take safety precautions for his own life at any time.

Yes, older people who are not in the best shape and fitness, and perhaps not been in a sea surf for more than a year have to be careful. 
A holiday eats their energy in a different way,  sometimes first a 12-18 hour travel, jetlag, different climate, different eating,drinking (!) and slee...

benny99 | 07 June 2017 - 04:25:52


It's true, phuket officials needs to improved on many things for tourist safety.  My point is if you're over 50, close to 60 not in the best of shape and fitness too, stay away from deep water and crashing waves. Despite what I've said, I do agree with you, the authorities/officials needs to step up to help those that can't help themselves.

However, at the end of the da...

Rich 44 | 06 June 2017 - 22:46:16

How about being able to rent or buy an inconspicuous flotation belt that could, in emergency, be pulled up from the waist area to under the arms, and if more buoyancy is required, inflated via an air tube. 
It would be some protection and allow buying some time if you are going to venture out into the deep. Could be sold along with soda by vendors walking the beach.
Helmet protects motorcycle ri...

Kurt | 06 June 2017 - 15:18:05

Benny99:  Interesting what you say. However, like now in Europe it is summer time and many older people ( I not talk about: old) visiting their beaches, same as in Australia during their summertime.
Guess it has to do a lot with good high standard Life beach guards presence.
Few month ago PN publishes a comment of International beach Life guard Organization, about what upgrading are needed on Ph...

Eagle | 06 June 2017 - 14:59:26

Kurt,it is an old article.You commented it already on 9th.Nov.2016 .Wake up!

Kurt | 06 June 2017 - 14:31:54

R.I.P. mr Petr Agapov. With condolence to his family.

What is going on at that beach?
Which Thai Phuket Government is allowing a hotel to forbid Public beach Life guards to patrol and care of a part of the beach?
It is time people sui the Phuket Government for matters like this. Incompetence Optima Forma.
And,..has that hotel her own life guards at the beach? 
If not the family should sui t...

benny99 | 06 June 2017 - 06:19:00

Why is it always the really old folks that drown. Its becoming a pattern...I'm guessing maybe the water must not like them or they can't handle the water.  Best for them to stay away, old age and deep water don't go well together.

Kurt | 09 November 2016 - 19:49:14

The Phuket lifeguard chief talked nonsense by saying that the hotel not allowed the official life guards at south end of the beach!
This is just typical lying, he knows very well that the hotel has no jurisdiction at a thai public beach!
He talks with snake tongue.
Read carefully: The hotel NOT ALLOWED our lifeguards at there, because they PREFER their own staff to look after swimmer's safe...

Rorii | 09 November 2016 - 17:13:21

Something very wrong here, as the hotel has NO rights, on the beach, therefore their "lifeguards" have no rights to stop the BangTao lifeguards, more like it was easier for the BangTao lifeguards to let others do their work.

Ed Sanders | 08 November 2016 - 18:20:18

Forget the boycott nonsense, this hotel ought to be held legally responsible for their negligence.  Not that BangTao lifeguards would have been there any sooner, as it would have interrupted their session of Candy Crush Saga, and that is not allowed. In any case, I hope these people sue the crap out of that hotel...they deserve it.

cgtours@gmail.com | 08 November 2016 - 12:36:50

High time Private  High end Resorts are also reminded the Beaches of Thailand are PUBLIC Beaches and under control of the Government of THAILAND and do not BELONG to them. This Tourists life could possibly have been saved AND irony of it all, he was a GUEST at their Resort. I hope they are now Boycotted for NOT considering any SAFETY MEASURES as far as Tourists are concerned MORE IMPORTANT than th...

samantha | 08 November 2016 - 11:53:11

I saw 3 people come close to drowning yesterday at Surin Beach within the space of 1 hour however the Lifeguards were there to save them if needed. If they weren't, i think 1 of them would have drowned.

Luckily they were swimming in front of the lifeguard station while the lifeguards were on duty.


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