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The rescued tourist being treated after her ordeal yesterday off Samui

Tourist Lost at Sea off Samui Rescued by Chance by Fishing Boat

Friday, October 30, 2015
PHUKET: A Belgian woman who became lost at sea off the holiday island of Samui was recovering today in hospital after her ordeal.

A passing fisherman happened upon the 26-year-old veterinarian in the sea between Samui and Koh Phangan yesterday at 6.40pm. She was carried back to Samui where an ambulance took her to hospital.

The woman came to Samui with her boyfriend, also a Belgian.

The pair went to the full moon party on Koh Pangan and caught a ferry back to Samui about dawn the following day.

Staff from the Hammock bungalow noticed the couple arguing on the beach.

The man, an engineer, caught a flight off Samui on October 29.

The woman took a kayak from the bungalow for a paddle about 1pm yesterday and at some point slipped overboard for a swim.

She then found she couldn't catch up with the kayak, Tourist Police said.

At 6.40pm, she was lucky to be spotted by a fishing boat that came to her aid.

She was reported to be suffering from severe sunburn after being in the water for more than five hours.

She was wearing just a swimsuit, with no lifejacket.


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A good contender for the Darwin award

Posted by FS on October 30, 2015 16:45


@FS being a Vet she is probably highly intelligent. I hope she buys a large gift or gives some cash to the fisherman.

Posted by I am pretty far from ok on October 30, 2015 17:35


I am pretty far from ok

your comment is wrongs as it goes against the very logic of rescue of humans at seas:

int'l conventions say that the costs of rescue of people in distress should be born by a vessel that undertook a rescue, and no compensation of costs, bar rewards, can be sought.

I think it's fair to say that as a customary law the same applies to domestic waters in Thailand.

Your sarcastically-naive suggestion of voluntary reward just going against the ration of the mentioned principle - and the principle has been in convention basing on hundreds of years of experience in the sea,and it has very good reasons behind it.

A spontaneous uncontrolled urge to come forward publicly with a suggestion that is rooted in a simply lack of knowledge on the subject, and that mixed up with an emotion of the moment is by far not a good substitute for a wisdom of generations of sailors.

Posted by Sue on October 30, 2015 19:18


she should buy a lottery ticket may have a second lucky day.

Posted by slickmelb on October 30, 2015 21:09


I wonder if she knows she was about 10 minutes from darkness after which death would surely follow?

Posted by Geoff on October 30, 2015 21:21


Quite a disaster story, about everything not done in proper way.
1: don't kayak alone.
2: wear a life jacket.
3: don't leave the kayak if you not trained to get back into it.
4: Avoid sunburn by protective clothing and cap/head.

The lady had her lucky day.

Posted by Kurt on October 31, 2015 00:00


She needs to buy a rope to avoid, in future, IAPFFOK's probability possibly drifting off into the distance otherwise the wet vet may end up as fish fodder.

Posted by MoW on October 31, 2015 03:22


Sue is here again fulll of her comments, really she should be boss of phuketwan, there Is not one thing she dont know nothing about.
Sue for boss.

Posted by Robert. on November 1, 2015 04:43



Agree with Robert - and I have suggested this before

If you can't find a buyer for PW, instead of just closing it down, give it to Sue to carry it on!

Posted by Discover Thainess on November 1, 2015 08:13

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