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Rescuers recall dramatic Phuket surf rescue attempt [VIDEO]

PHUKET: Lifeguards on Kata Beach have spoken out regarding yesterday’s dramatic rescue where they managed to save five people swept out to sea, but were unable to save 13-year-old Abhisit Songlert.

By Claire Connell

Friday 13 June 2014, 05:30PM

Abhisit, a student at the OrBorJor school in Chalong, drowned while swimming with friends yesterday (June 12) around 6pm. His body was found around 8am this morning by his father.

In an interview with Phuket News TV, Kata lifeguard Tane said there were six people swimming in the water at the time, when they were dragged out by a rip. All ignored red “no swimming” flags on the beach at the time.

“Two or three lifeguards went into the water. We only got five people back, and one was missing.”

Tane said the incident happened at 6pm, when the tide was coming in.

“That’s a dangerous time to be swimming, but the people don’t know that.”

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He went on to explain the problems associated with trying to keep swimmers safe on Kata Beach, one of the island’s dangerous during the monsoon season.

“If we go and try to tell them not to go in the water, they don’t listen. Sometimes I get a bad feeling from my heart. We try to stop them going into the water because we don’t want them to die here. I know they come for a holiday but they must [help] themselves.”

Another lifeguard said, “The waves were strong; that it makes it dangerous for swimming. But he [Abhisit] didn’t know, he was too young.”

Lifeguards are advising people to pay attention to the red flags on the beach, and listen to the warnings from the lifeguards.




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