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Lifeguards arrive at Phuket’s Surin Beach

Lifeguards arrive at Phuket’s Surin Beach

PHUKET: Long-awaited experienced, qualified lifeguards arrived at Surin Beach this morning (Aug 1) to start patrolling the surf in the hope of preventing swimmers drowning at the popular tourist beach.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 1 August 2019, 05:29PM

“The lifeguards will be on the beach from 8:30am to 6:30pm daily. They are ready to serve tourists at Surin Beach every day,” MaAnn Samran, Chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), told The Phuket News today.

“Five lifeguards will be on standby at three points on the beach, and a chief lifeguard will move around these three points,” he said.

“The equipment we have to save people’s lives is ready at the lifeguard stations, and they have a jet-ski,” he added.

“Plus, there is an ambulance with a rescue team and an automated external defibrillator (AED) on standby at the Tourism Information Centre at Surin Beach for tourists,” Mr MaAnn explained.

However, Surin Beach remains closed to swimmers today with red flags dotted along the beachfront to warn tourists to not enter the water during the current dangerous swimming conditions.

The red flags were first posted along the beach last Friday (July 19) as a precaution as there were no lifeguards to patrol the beach. (See story here.)

Today, there are now lifeguards at Surin to at least warn swimmers what the red flags mean.

"For now, the red flags will stay until the current weather, and the weather warning, has passed. After that, the lifeguards will consider where safe zones can be set up so swimmers can play in the water," Mr MaAnn said.

The lifeguards on patrol at Surin are the same ones promised by Mr MaAnn to start by the end of July.

They have been hired on a month-by-month basis, with a contract budget of B170,520 for the first month, Mr MaAnn confirmed.

The lifeguards will continue to be hired under monthly contracts until the Cherng Talay OrBorTor is allowed to offer a contract for full-time lifeguards as the issue is now currently embroiled in a convoluted history of claims, counterclaims and accusations of malfeasance – and the death of a Hong Kong British tourist at the beach last month while there were no lifeguards on duty.

(For a recap of the current status of the issues involved in Surin Beach finally obtaining the services off lifeguards, click here.)

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Kurt | 03 August 2019 - 16:09:39

Ben, when they put big sticker letters "Life Guard Jet ski" on both sides of that jet ski they can't  rent it out without loosing face and be accused of corruption. 

Kurt | 03 August 2019 - 14:48:20

5+1 life guards on a budget of THB 170,520 for the first month? Wow! Great salaries for very well trained and certified life guards.. Nice. Some light starts shining in the beach safety tunnel.

BenPendejo | 03 August 2019 - 09:50:20

@Rorri...I would guess the answer is NO...I'll go out on a line here and say that under dangerous conditions, none of these guys would be willing to enter the frothing cauldron that Surin becomes, and will only be there to wave their arms and call 191. The OrBorTor doesn't do anything legit.

BenPendejo | 03 August 2019 - 09:46:33

I noticed the brand new jet ski they were able to purchase. They clearly don't understand what Surin is like during dangerous monsoon conditions. They can't launch it off the sand, nor could they handle the heavy surf. BUT...they can rent it out during hi-season, which is likely the intention.

DeKaaskopp | 02 August 2019 - 17:35:44

"Is there no standard in Thailand what a life guard should look like at work ?"Always a pleasure to read what expats on here are concerned about !

GerryT81 | 02 August 2019 - 15:50:25

Mr.Nasa,if they would wear a string tanga only,would that be ok for you?

Christy Sweet | 02 August 2019 - 10:40:05

Now even more people will feel safe entering dangerous surf. 

Rorri_2 | 02 August 2019 - 09:49:36

"Long-awaited experienced, qualified lifeguards," have their "qualifications" been sighted, we have had false info before.

Nasa12 | 01 August 2019 - 19:05:31

Great they are back, but why use long shorts?  it gets heavy in the water you swim more slowly and if it slides down your legs then there is one more problem in the water.  Is there no standard in Thailand what a life guard should look like at work?

ematt | 01 August 2019 - 17:36:04

Good news. Happy to see that there are finally lifeguards posted at Surin Beach. Understand there are still issues, but this is at least a start.

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