PHUKET: The parents of missing tourist Gao Yang are due to fly to Phuket from China while a professor will be arriving tomorrow from Singapore, where the 20-year-old was a university exchange student.
Hopes are fading that he will be found safe after being washed into the sea while on a hike with three friends yesterday at Cape Promthep, an iconic Phuket tourist viewpoint.
Incidents such as this one are rare at the cape, which is visited by hundreds of people each evening for the spectacular sunsets. Phuket Governor Maitree Intrusud went to the cape today to see for himself the area where Gao Yang vanished.
Rescuers were still looking for the young man - the only child in the family - today but the changes that he will be found safe are slim.
One of the issues that Phuket constantly faces is fulfilling international expectations for tourism safety.
Advanced Asian cities such as Hong Kong and Singapore leave no stone unturned in guarding the safety of citizens and visitors.
Phuket, however, has yet to develop the same level of intensity that makes protecting lives the most important task of all authorities.