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Karon beach, where two tourists died in the water today

UPDATE Chinese, Russian Die on Phuket Beach: Governor Plans Safety Plea to Airlines, Tour Operators

Thursday, October 24, 2013
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THE DEAD men have been named as Oleg Ozerskikh, 52, who was due to end his two-week holiday on Sunday, and Liu Haifeng, 33. One was staying at the Hilton, the other at Movenpick.

Original Report

PHUKET: Two men - a Russian and a Chinese - died in the water at Karon beach today almost at the same time as Phuket Governor Maitree Intrusud announced a plan to improve tourist safety.

Governor Maitree said that tour guide parties need to be limited to 20 people so that they can be properly cared for.

He also aims to call on airlines and tour companies to promote safety concerns - especially among Chinese - before the holidaymakers reach Phuket's beaches.

In a day of double tragedy at Phuket's Karon beach, a Russian man aged about 55 collapsed in the shallows opposite the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa about 10am.

An attempt was made to revive the man on the beach but he died in an ambulance before reaching Patong Hospital.

At 3pm, a Chinese tourist told lifeguards on the beach opposite the Movenpick Resort that her husband had ''just disappeared.''

Lifeguard immediately began looking for the man and found his body in about two metres of water.

Both bodies are at Patong Hospital - the latest in an unprecedented death toll on Phuket's popular west coast beaches so far this year.

Chinese tourists have drowned in substantial numbers. Water safety experts believe Phuket's authorities must alert all visitors to potential dangers before they reach the beaches.

A meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City was told today that Airports of Thailand, managers of Phuket International Airport, will call a meeting of Chinese airlines, tour operators and others connected to the industry for next Tuesday.

Governor Maitree is hoping to persuade the airlines and the tour operators to improve their warnings to tourists in advance of them reaching Phuket's beaches.

It's believed many people now coming to Phuket are from regions of the world with no beaches. As a result, poor swimmers or non-swimmers have no understanding of the potential dangers.

The appeal to airlines and tour operators is an acceptance that lifeguards need more help to prevent tragedies. By the time people reach the beaches, it's often too late to educate them.

Phuket's Public Health department gave Phuketwan monthly updates on the drowning toll and Phuket's road toll until April last year when release of the figures ceased without explanation.

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I saw the Russian man in Karon being rushed to the ambulance and the guys who were carrying the stretcher dropped it and the man rolled down on the floor. He wasn't properly secured on the stretcher, that's really poor rescue skills and it's not acceptable.

Posted by JK on October 24, 2013 17:24

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And I saw the Chinese on a stretcher. Not a good day for the death toll. The red flags were on the beach, but it seems to make no difference at all, even when there are warning signs in Chinese, Russian, and of course other languages.

Posted by Charles on October 24, 2013 18:15

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I find it encouraging that the local authorities want the airlines to warn passengers. At least they are no longer denying the dangers.

However I maintain my opinion of these warnings having to be given BEFORE someone books a trip to Phuket.

Imagine sitting in a plane, waiting for your beach holiday, only be told that the beaches are not safe for swimming.

Would you prefer to have known this before you chose where to travel or would you be content with that in-flight warning ?

Every travel destination has positives and negatives. The seasonal dangers of Phuket beaches definitely belong to the list of negatives that should always be presented to a traveler by a responsible agent before booking.

Posted by ThaiMike on October 24, 2013 21:15

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@JK
Most Russians and Farang I have seen here in Phuket/Patong area are hugely overweight. This is through no fault of the Thai lifeguards.

If you don't want to be dropped from a litter then I suggest you avoid drowning.

Three cheers for the lifeguards. These guys get paid very little compensation and risk their lives trying to save drowning water buffalo.

Cheers

Posted by C&C on October 25, 2013 11:51

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What about self responsability? In a world where information is to get so easy, why people do not inform themselves?

Posted by Dominik on October 25, 2013 12:52

Editor Comment:

Tourists tend to trust people who invite them on holidays to warn them of any dangers.

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@ C&C quote"Most Russians and Farang I have seen here in Phuket/Patong area are hugely overweight. This is through no fault of the Thai lifeguards.

If you don't want to be dropped from a litter then I suggest you avoid drowning." what a ridiculous comment is this.
Quote"Three cheers for the lifeguards. These guys get paid very little compensation and risk their lives trying to save drowning water buffalo." Always cheers to lifeguards, they do a great job.

@ C&C In fact it wasn't the lifeguards but the guys from the ambulance who dropped the man.

Posted by JK on October 25, 2013 13:25

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@JK

"He wasn't properly secured on the stretcher, that's really poor rescue skills and it's not acceptable."

I urge you to follow up on this with the proper authorities... they are surely quite interested in what you consider acceptable handling of a corpse.

Cheers

Posted by C&C on October 26, 2013 23:58

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@C&C..I urge you to follow up on this with the proper authorities... they are surely quite interested in what you consider acceptable handling of a corpse.

Ahhmmm ...the poor guy was not a corpse when they dropped him..he died later ..in the ambulance....If you want to make smart comments you should get your facts right yourself.

Posted by James on October 27, 2013 08:59


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