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Russian tourist rescued from deadly Phuket ’flash rip’

PHUKET: A Russian tourist exhausted after she was pulled away from the beach by a dangerous rip current was rescued and brought safely back to shore at Nai Harn beach yesterday (June 28).

tourismmarineRussianSafetyThe Phuket News

Friday 29 June 2018, 10:17AM


The rescue, by lifeguards with the aid of a local surfer, came as the southwest monsoon weather continues to create strong waves and dangerous “flash rips” along the major tourist beaches on Phuket’s west coast.

Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos reported that the woman was a guest at the nearby All Season Hotel in Nai Harn, but was rescued from a dangerous rip at the southern end of the beach some 400 metres away.

Rescue workers from Rawai Municipality administered first aid and took the woman to hospital for a pracutionary checkup, Mayor Aroon said.

“She is now safe,” he said.

The rescue came while a 23-year-old Chinese tourist drowned at Karon Beach yesterday afternoon after going into the sea despite red flags being placed along the beach.

The two lifeguards stationed at the beach warned the tourists against swimming in the area three or four times but the tourists ignored the warnings.

At the same time, another group of tourists also entered the water and one of the group got caught in the rip currents and the rest of the group were calling for help.

Due to the low number of lifeguards stationed at the beach they were unable to deal with the two groups at the same time, they said. (See story here.)

Daren Jenner, the International Marine Safety Officer, Thailand Section Chief, for the International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA), told The Phuket News yesterday, “The drowning at Karon Beach today was right on cue with the arrival of Phuket's rip currents. The full moon creates large tidal swings. On the outgoing tide, the speed and power of these rip currents increase.

“Look for the danger to continue for at least the next few days, especially at Kata, Karon, Surin, Bang Tao, Layan, and Mai Khao. Swimmers should use extreme caution at all Phuket beaches,” he said.

 

 

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Kurt | 03 July 2018 - 11:29:50

Rorri_2 is right.  Problem is none of them will creep out of their local phuket bulb. Education is village focussed. That is how the Country's elite want it to be.
Guess most of the boys only watch at night the free 5 channel thai tv channels. Bondi? They never hear of it, and never will hear.

Rorri_2 | 03 July 2018 - 05:39:32

The officials, and "lifeguards" should look at an Aussie show called "Bondi Rescue," then they will see how real professional, and volunteer, lifeguards work, those on Phuket should be ashamed to call themselves "lifeguards."

BenPendejo | 02 July 2018 - 17:03:32

I think the crux of the issue Wiesel, is that this is a beach destination for people around the world, yet Phuket officials continue to be completely remiss in their responsibilities to recognize this significant threat to tourists, and to adequately address those threats by providing a professional and well-trained lifeguard service. It should be part of being a world class destination.

Wiesel | 02 July 2018 - 10:34:54

@ BenPendejo: sorry but that sounds contradictory. if surfers save people far from the beach than red flags did not have little meaning. And if red flags are the whole day than nobody wants to take responsibility to say water is safe. Means people have to stay on land or are responsible by themself and should not blame others. Be adult means care yourself. Some people just are like lemmings.

BenPendejo | 01 July 2018 - 17:57:01

sorry Weisel, the red flags are up all day every day, rough conditions or not.  They are part of the landscape and have little meaning, but you always hear the public officials say "red flags were posted...tourist ignored". They never say anything about the untrained and unprofessional lifeguards sitting around smoking, BS-ing and generally being worthless.  Surfers save more people than...

Wiesel | 30 June 2018 - 13:21:51

"make it seem like it is the tourists fault for trying to enjoy their beach vacation" ???? Who you think is wrong! Do you realy want to blame others for such stupid behavement?? Red flags means clearly danger!! Its the tourists fault if they ignore or underestimate it. Are weekly drownings not enough warning?? And do they need Babysitters or why they try to blame others for their selfmad...

BenPendejo | 29 June 2018 - 16:05:56

Very typical Thai-style statement about "going into the sea despite red flags being placed along the beach"...make it seem like it is the tourists fault for trying to enjoy their beach vacation.  Red flags are posted on the beaches I go to on a daily basis...probably so the lifeguards can say "hey, the flags were up, not our fault". The lifeguard situation is simply  irresponsi...

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