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Phuket Drowning Leaves Another  Chinese Dead and Phuket's Reputation in Danger

Phuket Drowning Leaves Another Chinese Dead and Phuket's Reputation in Danger

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
PHUKET: A Chinese tourist was found dead on Phuket's Kata beach today after going missing in the heavy surf on the neighboring beach of Karon on Sunday.

The tragic death of 31-year-old Sheng Caoliang is likely to trouble Chinese envoys who have already expressed their growing concern about water safety on Phuket.

The disappearance on Sunday coincides with the drowning of Russian expat diving instructor Denis Lipatov, 39, off Phuket on Saturday followed by the drowning of Chinese tourist Lin Hunhing, 30, on a day-trip off Phuket yesterday.

Phuket authorities have agreed with the British Embassy's suggestion of a water safety summit on Phuket. As the local bureaucracy turns in slow motion, the toll of drownings continues to mount.

Year-round beach destinations are supposed to provide as many warnings and precautions as possible but the Phuket community appears in no haste to deal with a drowning toll approaching 30 deaths so far in 2013.

When Sheng Caoliang went into the water despite the red flags flying along Karon beach on Sunday, he was accompanied by a friend.

The two men got into difficulties and the lifeguards responded. They managed to pull one of the Chinese tourists from the surf, but Sheng Caoliang disappeared.

His friend was revived on the beach and later admitted to Patong Hospital. Sheng Caoliang's body is in Vachira Phuket Hospital.

Phuket has a lifeguard team that is better trained than ever before. They are not equipped to deal alone with an increasing number of tourists from non-swimming countries.

Water safety experts say a community approach involving multiple warnings from the time tourists land at Phuket International Airport is required to prevent more drownings.

The number of deaths so far this year without a community strategy being imposed to deal with continuing tragedies shows that local authorities fail to realise the consequences of Phuket losing its reputation for attention to safety.


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This won't happen here as it is all about money but what a sensible government would do as clearly too many people are drowning (look at countries like Australia not nearly so many drown but many Asian tourists in Queensland I have lived there and seen them) is to have Immigration place a multi-lingual warning slip in their Passport especially in low season. Clearly some people have never seen a tropical beach or indeed perhaps ever been swimming and the red flags do not overturn the temptation of a warm swim but if they are pre-warned it would help. Sad that Phuket is so greedy they won't do this.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on October 2, 2013 16:27


Following up on my earlier comment people might say that Australia has a larger budget which is actually questionable as the country is much larger with massively more beaches than Phuket and one would have to analyse how much money is raised per tourist landing in Phuket compared to the beach areas in Australia which would not be easy as many go to Australia for business etc. Australia does not place warning slips at Immigration perhaps they are more "educated" tourists but it is a moral duty for Thailand to reduce these innocent deaths and leaflets in Passport at the airport would be a cheap way and hopefully reduce the drowning level, with comments like "a casual swim can ruin generations of families" or "how much would your family miss you if you drowned" More effect should also be placed by the Chinese they are the 2nd economy in the world but sadaly have a terrible human rights record.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on October 2, 2013 17:20

Editor Comment:

C'mon. FF, don't be so pretentious. This is about saving people from drowning and the politics of the countries those people come from doesn't matter a flying fig. If you want to make it political, the racists currently running Australia should try to save a few more boatpeople from drowning. ''Profit'' and ''my money'' seem to be all that matters to some Australians these days.

Monday October 18, 2021
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