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French tourist Jean-Pierre Charles Dulary, being transferred to Phuket City

Phuket Swim Warning as Coma Tourist Flies Home

Sunday, October 24, 2010
A FRENCH tourist who has been in a coma since being rescued from drowning off Phuket has been flown back to France in a medical evacuation, a lifeguard spokesperson said today.

Lifeguards on Phuket have been extremely busy already this long weekend, with crowds flocking to Phuket's popular beaches to enjoy the good weather, the spokesperson said.

A 14-year-old girl was being taken from Kata beach to Patong Hospital this evening - the third case to require a trip to hospital from Kata so far this weekend.

The girl required oxygen after being dragged from the water at Kata, which is south of Karon and Patong. A nine-year-old boy is already in Patong Hospital, and will be kept in overnight for observation after being rescued at Kata earlier today.

Yesterday a 21-year-old university student was admitted to Patong Hospital after she was also pulled from the water at Kata.

Frenchman Jean-Pierre Charles Dulary, 64, was in Patong Hospital briefly before being transferred to the better-equipped Vachira Hospital in Phuket City after being rescued at Patong beach on Monday.

He flew out yesterday accompanied by a doctor and nurse from a third Phuket hospital - Bangkok Hospital Phuket.

According to Phuket lifeguards, 64 people required rescue on Monday. As tomorrow is also a public holiday, they are concerned to remind swimmers to swim within the designated zones, where lifeguards are on duty.
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Wouldn't it be nice if one luxury hotel at each beach could sponsor a basic med pack with oxygen for use by lifeguards who are trained in its use.

The minutes of the 'Golden Hour' are ticking away each time someone needs transport to Patong, Phuket City or other hospitals.

In this case its an issue about equipment - education and personal/parental responsibility is another matter

Posted by Mister Ree on October 24, 2010 19:14

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To be honest, nobody really cares as long as the money roles in.
The situation is very very sad and is not good for the reputation of Phuket

Posted by lord Jim on October 24, 2010 20:54

Editor Comment:

Why is it that people who wish to contribute something that's totally false always start with ''Let's face the facts'' or ''To be honest''?

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To be honest, nobody really cares, as long as the money roles in.
The situation is very very sad and is not good for the reputation of Phuket

Posted by lord Jim on October 24, 2010 20:55

Editor Comment:

There you go, Lord Jim, making judgements as one person on behalf of others. The truth is, most people do care.

But they don't care to make judgements on behalf of others.

If nobody cares, then who cut the number of drownings almost in half?

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Mr Ree, they are waiting for volunteers and free bee equipment, TIT. They sure ain't gonna pay for something that is needed for farangs. The lifeguards referred to must be local vendors on the beach that came to the rescue. I did not see a lifeguard in four weeks on any beach, just local vendors that tried to persuade tourists not to go into the water, yes there are good people on the island, have a good week!

Posted by jojo on October 25, 2010 03:41


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