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Vietnamese mother, daughter drown at Phuket beach

Vietnamese mother, daughter drown at Phuket beach

PHUKET: A Vietnamese mother and daughter on holiday in Phuket drowned in strong surf at Nai Thong Beach this morning (July 31).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 31 July 2022, 03:44PM

Photo: Sakhu Police

Photo: Sakhu Police

Police reported they were called to the beach at 8:50am after the mother and daughter* had already been rushed to Thalang Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

Staff at a nearby hotel on the beachfront reported that the mother and daughter, along with one other person described by police in their report as a friend, went swimming in the strong waves at about 7:30am.

Staff said they waved at the tourists and tried to warn them to get out of the water, but their pleas were ignored.

According to the police report, lifeguards at the beach said they patrolled the beach only from 8am to 6pm, inferring that the incident happened before they arrived. Lifeguards added that they have two lifeguard stations on the beach.

However, the police report also noted that CPR was performed on the beach and while the mother and daughter were rushed to Thalang Hospital.

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The lifeguards also pointed out that the mother and daughter were swimming where red ‘no swimming’ flags were posted, although according to the police report the incident appeared to have happened before lifeguards arrived.

Thalang Police said that the Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok had been notified of the incident, and that police were awaiting instructions from the family as to what it is be done with the bodies of the mother and daughter.

The police concluded with the note: “Nai Thon Beach has strong waves and red flags are placed along the beach. There is a sign saying ‘Dangerous. Do not swim more than 20 meters from the shore.’

“When tourists swim [in dangerous areas], lifeguards will blow the whistle to prompt tourists to get out of the water immediately.”

* Later identified as Hoang Hai Van, 52, and her daughter Nguyen Chuc An, 16.

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christysweet | 03 August 2022 - 10:41:50

Someone needs to look at a map. Nai Thon is in Thalang  District in the north. 
 Nai Yang is in the south  and is the dangerous beach- for rip tides at least.  Nai Thon is not and   it is the beach  I most frequent. 

Capricornball | 02 August 2022 - 15:46:30

Cristy, you're just further demonstrating your lack of knowledge of Phuket beaches. There have been several drownings in Naithon, and many close calls.  Also, one of the former LGs there is about the best on the island, although he is no longer there. Also, NaiYang is to the north and is much less dangerous than Naithon. Please stick to your accurate assessments of the sexpat scene.

christysweet | 02 August 2022 - 10:05:01

Disagree Nai Thon is very dangerous as the only drownings I am aware of are from slip and fall into the water from rocks circumstances.  I frequent it and have never seen a rip current which is easy to spot, the curvature is a shallow arc.   Nai Yang  in the south is very dangerous

DeKaaskopp | 01 August 2022 - 17:38:34

As always the usual suspects are blaming Thailand for everything. Even the most reckless  foreign fool is excused for his wrongdoings because it happened in Thailand. The bunch of hater is so pitiable.

Capricornball | 01 August 2022 - 16:49:31

Another classic case of tourists coming to enjoy the tropical beaches, but end up going home in a box. And in classic local fashion, the initial thing to do is blame the victims, and hide behind their favorite "they ignored the red flags".  The flags are up all year at all beaches, and mean very little on their own. And Christy, you are wrong again, Naithon is a VERY dangerous beach.

Kurt | 01 August 2022 - 10:03:59

Tragic accident happend 07:30am. Life guards start 08:00am, so they play no role in this. Police 'called' to beach at 08:50am? For what? To comment not to swim out more than 20 metres when red flags are showing? RTP, Phuket has them, but for what? Probably were called earlier, but discussing in station who had to go to beach. RTP hates beach jobs. Their uniforms kill them.

christysweet | 01 August 2022 - 10:00:48

Other than people sliding off rocks,  this is the first drowning I am aware of at this beach. It is a shallow  with a low angle of curvature so not prone to rip tides, but yes  summer waves  can be deadly to less experienced swimmers. 

solar_serfer | 01 August 2022 - 08:52:21

this report is as messy as lifeguards' response was in this case, obviously.. ;( read your article again

JohnC | 01 August 2022 - 08:49:21

Do not swim more than 20 metres from shore? Red flags should mean no swimming at all! Whatever happened to common sense. It appears many people don't have it anymore or never did to start with.


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