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Water safety has a higher profile on Phuket than it once did

No Phuket Beach Drownings in Two Months Lifts Safety Hopes

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
PHUKET: For two months, no drownings have been recorded on any of Phuket's beaches.

The latest recorded fatality occurred on August 16 when Swiss tourist Robert Roger Jean, 67, died in hospital after being plucked from the surf at Kata beach.

Latest statistics released by the Phuket Lifeguard Club, which oversees 13 popular beaches on Phuket's west coast, give cause for hope.

Training and equipment for Phuket's lifeguards are constantly improving as the club becomes involved in Phuket community schemes aimed at highlighting beach safety.

While the number of drownings on Phuket remains high when compared to the road toll, schools and parents are now becoming increasingly aware of the need for children to learn to swim.

Public Health statistics show drowning as the highest cause of death for Thai children under the age of 15.

Lifeguards are now gearing up for what could be a record high season on Phuket, which means the beaches will be busy.

Statistics from the Phuket lifeguards reveal a large number of rescues, even during the September-October period when rainfall on Phuket has been heavier than usual.

Phuket is divided into three zones by the lifeguards, with zone one - Ya Nui, Nai Harn, Kata Noi, Kata and Karon - recording a total of 46 rescues between September 2 and October 9.

The week between October 9 and October 16 has been more intense, though, with 46 people rescued in just those seven days.

In Phuket's Zone Two - Patong, Kamala and Laem Singh - there were 101 rescues between September 2 and october 16.

In Phuket's Zone Three - Surin, Bang Tao, Nai Yang and Nai Thon - 11 rescues took place.

Six of those rescued, all of them expats, have required hospital treatment in the latest six-week period.
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I was down at Karon Beach the first week of Oct and the red flags were up and there were people everywhere in the water and no one attempting to get them out. When I finally see proactive lifeguards then I will believe things are a lot safer.

Posted by mike on October 18, 2011 11:49

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If people are stupid enough to go in the water when the flags are flying why should others put themselves at risk, Mike? You could have paraded up and down the beach telling people to get out of the water or are YOU not proactive, if you feel so strongly about this.

Posted by Mister ree on October 18, 2011 17:08

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I hate to sound like a prophet of doom, but the high season is just starting now and so I'm sure we'll have a lot of drownings, accidental deaths, and murders of tourists before the end of January next year.

Posted by Andy on October 19, 2011 01:18


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