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Three Drown in Nightmare Holiday at Hua Hin Beach

Monday, April 13, 2015
PHUKET: Three swimmers drowned in a horrifying mass New Year holiday tragedy at a Hua Hin beach late today.

One person is believed to have gotten into difficulties at Sainoi beach about 5pm. Two others went to his assistance.

All three - two men and a woman - drowned, according to local officials.

At the same beach, two rescues were carried out earlier in the day.

The dead were named at KritsadaEamkitkarn, 38, Cholamas Theerachaisuranan, 23, and Nattapong Wootapanit, 24. Their bodies were taken to Hua Hin Hospital and Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin.

Earlier, one Burmese aged 15 drowned at Nam Khem beach in Phang Nga province, north of Phuket, while his eight-year-old cousin was rescued but still in a coma late tonight.

On Phuket, there are still no lifeguards at 13 prominent tourist beaches because of a dispute about the funding process.

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I was in company today for a Songkran party & an ex'lifeguard claimed the navy (or military) are about to take over beach lifeguard duties. True or False??

Posted by Logic on April 14, 2015 04:10

Editor Comment:

Phuketwan has been advocating the Navy's involvement at all of Phuket's beaches for years, along with the establishment of a Phuket Beach Authority, but our suggestions are seldom taken up.

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Logic

for me sounds as True:
if provincial authorities are unable to increase lifeguards bdg from 22Mio at least 1.5X , but normally 2X to make it viable, to provide relevant equipment ,training and adequate salary income - so effectively mismanaging issue, and putting the lifeguard service to a halt,then (under Section 44?) the government makes its own arrangements.

I remember that on Nai Harn, and may be other beaches , lifeguards in parallel did rent water toys and other beach businesses - that explains why they wished to get that position to control a beach better. I am curious for those who was involved in such set up, how it will continue if navy will take over the service .

Posted by Sue on April 14, 2015 06:14

Editor Comment:

Lifeguards who were properly paid would not need second jobs, Sue. There is no suggestion that the lifeguards at most beaches have any connection with scammers. There is also no serious suggestion that the Navy is taking over. I really do wish you would give up on guesswork and speculation.


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