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Search launched after strong rip current pulls man out to sea at Freedom Beach

Search launched after strong rip current pulls man out to sea at Freedom Beach

PHUKET: A search has been launched for a Thai man who was last seen dragged out to deeper waters by a strong current at Freedom Beach, south of Patong, earlier this afternoon (Aug 2).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 2 August 2021, 05:53PM

Sen Sgt Maj Boonyarit Inthakarn of the Patong Police was called to the beach at about 2:10pm. 

Thanakit Srisuwanwichian, 21, explained to the officers that he and his friend Akkarapol Pattranonwere swimming together when they both started being dragged away from the shore.

Thanakit explained that he managed to make it back to the beach, but his friend Akkarapol was dragged far away from the shore.

Beach vendor Supakit Thongplang wa salso on hand, explaining to the officers that he helped Thanakit to return to safety, but was unable to help Akkarapol.

A search team on jet-skis from Patong and Karon have been scouring the waters since then to find Akkarapol.

So far he has not been found.

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JohnC | 04 August 2021 - 09:50:02

@kurt. Do you ever pick up a dictionary or use spell check before you comment? Police are a waist of time! LMAO. How fat are you around the waste? LOL

Kurt | 03 August 2021 - 02:04:09

Calling for RTP coming to beach? They don't like hot sand. Most can't swim and hate beaches. Is there no infrastructural communication between/among the life guards of different beaches and with the navy? To call Phuket RTP is waist of time. Just another staring guy who likes to be photographed.

Capricornball | 02 August 2021 - 22:52:17

The time wasted calling a worthless cop to the scene could have been the difference of life and death. Should have been a hotline to Patong lifeguards...telling them to wake up and put down their phones and scramble out to Freedom Beach...about a 3-4-5 minute jetski ride.  Like everything safety-related in Thailand, marine safety has to be near the bottom of the efficiency scale.


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