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Lifeguards warn of continued danger at Phuket beaches

PHUKET: The chief of the Phuket Lifeguard Service (PLS) has today told The Phuket News that beachgoers should still be on alert for the dangers at Phuet beaches and should only enter the water were lifeguards are stationed.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 12 October 2018, 01:52PM

One of two female Russian tourists pulled from the surf at Nai Thon Beach yesterday. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

One of two female Russian tourists pulled from the surf at Nai Thon Beach yesterday. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The warning comes after three tourists were pulled from the surf at Nai Thon Beach yesterday (Oct 11).

Speaking to The Phuket News today, (Oct 12), Chief of the PLS Prathaiyuth Chuayuan said, “The beaches are not safe if there are no lifeguards. Beachgoers should only eneter the water where lifeguards are stationed.

“As I have told The Phuket News before, this is a dangerous time of the year at Phuket’s beaches with strong wind and waves,” Mr Prathaiyut said.

“Lifeguards are there to look after beachgoers and check where there are safe zones to swim. I want tourists to be aware about this. I want tourists to be safe. Please don’t play on beaches with no lifeguards, they are not safe,” he repeated.


Regarding yesterday’s incident at Nai Thon Beach, the beach’s head lifeguard Anek Sattrawathit said that three tourists had to be pulled from the surf at 9am after entering the water where red flags were flying.

“Two Russian women were pulled away from the shore and I had to use a safety board to help them. I then had to run to assist male tourist who was in trouble nearby.

“It was hard to bring these tourists back to the shore as the wind and waves were so strong,” he said.

“All of them received first aid and also said thank you to before leaving for their accommodation,” he added.



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Jor12 | 14 October 2018 - 00:51:50

Why? Humans have a brain,  some just need to use it. If fools want to swim in rough seas and rips that you see then drown then go right ahead.

Kurt | 13 October 2018 - 11:33:49

Is it not time Phuket Governor, together with Chinese Consul General on Phuket, go together to Phuket Beaches and see the safety- and water health situation there? Oh, and have a good talk ( and listen!) with the few beach lifeguards here and there.
Talk with people on the 'work floor', get out of the office.  Same as going out for doing merits.

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