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Nai Harn beach on Phuket, a popular family spot and scene of drownings.

Phuket Sister in Coma Dies from Drowning

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
A YOUNG GIRL who was in a coma after being plucked from the sea off a Phuket beach on Valentine's Day has died.

The life support system for 12-year-old Sirilak Klomsuk at Vachira Hospital was switched off on February 16 because there was no chance of her recovering.

Her family took Khun Sirilak home to Rawai, where she passes away peacefully.

Khun Sirilak was swimming at Nai Harn when she and her three sisters found themselves in difficulties.

Elder sister Leelawadee, aged 16, managed to carry five-year-old Kanokporn to safety from the water at the southern end of the beach, the same end where a young boy drowned on New Year's Day.

Ten-year-old Kanjana was also admitted to Vachira Hospital, where she recovered.

Rescuers on the beach at Nai Harn fought to save Khun Sirilak's life, with a German tourist applying the cardio-pulmonary resuscitation technique.

However, his valiant attempt to save her life failed.

Phuket's popular beaches have been without lifeguards since mid-November because under Thai law, tenders must be sought for the service.

Phuketwan understands two companies have expressed interest in bidding in March.

Phuket's beaches are most dangerous between April and November, when the monsoons create underwater rips at several popular west coast spots.

The Public Health department says there were 53 drownings in and around Phuket in 2009, and one in January.
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I am very sorry to hear that. RIP little girl.

Posted by Lena on February 24, 2010 23:32


Isn't it time a voluntary lifeguard service should be provided until a professional service is found. There are enough diving centres in Phuket to organise a rota. Time to give back to Phuket I think

Posted by B.S.A.C. Diver on February 25, 2010 09:19


very sorry for the family, but its not just lifeguards required its also parents being aware of the dangers, and it is a local beach for both the families involved this year they were both from Rawai. Also the school system need more swimming pools in the schools and teach the kids how to swim

Posted by michael on February 25, 2010 17:45


Australian volunteer lifesavers from Avoca Beach in NSW have been involved in training people locally. Phuket business people and the Thai government should get together to look at ways of funding lfiesavers. Please look at the Australian model. It works.

Posted by DARCY WALLER on February 27, 2010 11:39

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