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Chinese tourist dies after caught in strong Phuket surf

Chinese tourist dies after caught in strong Phuket surf

PHUKET: A Chinese tourist has died after being pulled unconscious from the strong surf at Nai Harn Beach this afternoon (Aug 8).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 8 August 2019, 06:20PM

Attempts to revive Chinese tourist Gong Yu, 40, on the beach were unsuccessful. Photo: Supplied

Attempts to revive Chinese tourist Gong Yu, 40, on the beach were unsuccessful. Photo: Supplied

The man, Gong Yu*, 40, from Liaoning, China, was pulled from the water at about 4:20pm, confirmed Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos.

Mr Gong had entered the water to play with his son, Mayor Aroon told The Phuket News.

“He was in the water in a red flag ‘No Swimming’ zone. The son was brought safely back to shore but by the time lifeguards got back to Mr Gong he was already unconscious, he said.

Lifeguards performed CPR on the beach, Mayor Aroon explained.


An eyewitness to the incident provided a video to The Phuket News showing the lifeguards working frantically to try to revive Mr Gong, but to no avail.

“Mr Gong was then rushed to Chalong Hospital, where he was pronounced dead,” Mayor Aroon added.

* Correction: Mr Gong Yu, not Mr Yu Gong as initially reported. The error is sincerely regretted.

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Kurt | 13 August 2019 - 12:00:24

It seems, almost daily, that present 'combination' red flags-life guards at Phuket beaches is not preventive enough to keep tourists ( many of them never seen the sea/beach before) away from life threatening situations. Perhaps a study of and a change in Phuket beach safety handling?

Rorri_2 | 12 August 2019 - 17:29:50

Pascale... I don't know how you think, or interpret information, but where did I say watching BR makes me an "expert," also my wording was specific "often means," do you know what that means? My advise is to actually understand, what you are reading.

Pascale | 11 August 2019 - 20:04:18

Funny if someone thinks watching BR would make him an expert LG.Maybe the same person feels like a master cook from watching cooking shows? Regarding double red flags,most countries i visited use only one red flag.And it is well known everywhere that Chinese tourists are quite stubborn when it comes to follow advices. My advice for you is to get some sleep and calm down.

Rorri_2 | 11 August 2019 - 04:43:02

Wiesel, 1 red flag often means dangerous area, double red beach closed, having said that many visitors to Thailand, do not know what the flags mean, with so many flags, strips of cloth etc, around Thailand, flags could be interpreted as being of cultural significance rather than warning signs, lifeguarda should verbally warn beach goers.

Rorri_2 | 11 August 2019 - 04:32:42

"Baywatch" this shows how silly you are "Bondi Rescue" is realife surf lifesavering, "Baywatch" is a stupid series, completely different, you show everyone what a fool you are, I doubt even your usual "bedmates" will support you. Before  replying, go google Bondi Rescue.... you just might learn something. 

Wiesel | 10 August 2019 - 15:08:24

Was on Kata-Beach today at arround 11:00. Big waves, red flags everywhere, LG`s waving red flags and still some idiots in the water. and it was not surfers. Dont blame the LG`s if stupid suiciders ignore every sign of risk.

DeKaaskopp | 10 August 2019 - 11:48:05

"Baywatch" an assumption only a fool would make. Actually i said :"tv series like "Baywatch"etc." And here comes your original quote from July 5th;"...,I suggest you go look at Australian series"Bondi Rescue" Seems to me you are actually watching those series! Who is the fool now?

Rorri_2 | 10 August 2019 - 04:40:26

"Baywatch" an assumption only a fool would make, your comments get more insane daily, I guess with little ability to actually think, there is little else for you to do.

DeKaaskopp | 09 August 2019 - 22:11:38

As Rorri and that Pendejo are always so unsatisfied with the work of local life guards,why don't they use their immense  expertise from watching tv series like "Baywatch "etc. and start volunteering.They could patrol the beach and therefore for once doing something that benefits others.That would be much better than counting only the cigarettes some lifeguards smoke.

BenPendejo | 09 August 2019 - 14:45:03

@Steve...I don't think it's a matter of Chinese not caring or following instructions. Many Chinese simply have no experience with the ocean, and fail miserably to recognize dangerous conditions. 90% of a lifeguard's responsibility is to PREVENT drownings...not respond to them. Phuket LGs fail miserably at prevention... too busy renting beach chairs and umbrellas between smokes.

Christy Sweet | 09 August 2019 - 12:33:06

Close the beaches, remove lifeguards that only provide an  illusion of safety  and put up signs "DANGER!! Swim at own risk.." Voila, drownings will decrease. 

Rorri_2 | 09 August 2019 - 10:40:58

I also see no defib.

Rorri_2 | 09 August 2019 - 10:38:04

Mr wooly, first, are you sure the Chinese know what the flags mean. Secondly, it would have been better if a photo, of these flags, was taken, as the provided photo shows no flags.
Thirdly, as in Australia, did the "lifeguards" warn the tourists.... did anyone, warning tourists?   So easy to blame the victim, without                 knowing the whole story.

Steve wooly | 09 August 2019 - 08:34:09

typical Chinese behaviour, don't care,don't follow instructions from people who know better, NO SYMPATHY 

BenPendejo | 08 August 2019 - 18:47:25

In Australia or America, if a lifeguard sees someone entering the ocean during dangerous conditions, they intervene and prevent a potential drowning. Here, they roll up a cigarette and sit back until the frantic screams get their attention, then they act. If they lose a person...they instantly blame it on the the inexperienced person for not heeding the red flag. Shame shame.

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