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Tears of joy as Phuket lifeguard returns B100k to Chinese tourist

PHUKET: A Chinese tourist cried with happiness after a Phuket lifeguard found and returned a purse containing an estimated B100,000 in mixed currencies and his and his partner’s passports that was left behind on Patong Beach yesterday (July 30).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 31 July 2017, 04:24PM

Lifeguard Thalerngsak “Mod” Wanyanaporn, 36, found the purse on the beach, near the McDonald’s on Thaweewong Rd, at 9:30am.

“While I was walking to a shop, I passed a Chinese couple on the beach. When I returned, they had gone, but a red purse was left behind,” Mr Thalerngsak explained.

Afraid of any accusations that might be made, before even picking up the purse Mr Thalerngsak called over other lifeguards to witness that he had found it.

“The other lifeguards were witnesses when I opened the wallet. Inside were two passports and Chinese banknotes totalling in value about B100,000. The passports were for Mr Tian Yongbo, 31, and Ms Ruan Yonggui, 26,” Mr Thalerngsak told The Phuket News today (July 31).

Mr Thalerngsak waited a while in case the tourists returned, and sure enough within minutes Mr Tian came sprinting down the beach toward him.

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“He was in tears. I checked the passport photo to make sure it was his and gave the purse back,” Mr Thalerngsak added.

“Mr Tian was very happy. He said that he was to return to China today (July 31), and that he would be in trouble if he’d lost the wallet,” Mr Thalerngsak noted.

Mr Tian gave Mr Thalerngsak 200 yuan, equivalent to just under B1,000, as a reward.

“I have found many wallets left on the beach before, but the money had always already been taken. Only cards were left,” Mr Thalerngsak said.

“I always try to find the owners, but I have never found them. This was the first time that I have found a large amount of money. I am very glad that I handed the wallet back to its owner,” he added.



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LES | 06 August 2017 - 04:52:24

What a top man this man is for his honesty. I have always thought the lifeguards are good decent people and do a great job under difficult circumstances.

skip | 01 August 2017 - 17:12:13

well done and i congratulate him on his honesty. I have seen this lifesaver around and he has always been friendly and has a good attitude. Keep up the good work.Very lucky for the tourists as that amount of money is very tempting for anyone.

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