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A sunset scene on Patong beach during the safer high season

Patong Tourist Drowns Despite Swim Warning

Thursday, June 25, 2009
A TOURIST drowned late on Wednesday on Patong beach.

The tourist, from Turkey, was on the beach with his wife, enjoying the sunset, before he disappeared in the darkness, around 7pm.

The Turkish Embassy in Bangkok today named the man as Deniz Coban, 33. The couple were holidaying on Phuket with friends.

Mr Coban was on the technical staff at Turkish Airlines. It is believed the airline, which has a Bangkok office, was taking care of all arrangements.

Phuketwan was told by a policeman from Kathu station that he was alerted to the drowning when he received a telephone call from Patong Hospital later in the evening.

The policeman said he went to the hospital and viewed the man's body. He interviewed Mrs Coban, who told him she and her husband were sitting on the beach, enjoying the sunset.

Her husband then decided on one last swim, and went into the water.

Jetski and parasailing staff at the northern end of the beach had already advised the couple not to swim, the policeman said.

The same people who told them not to swim pulled the man's body from the sea, the policeman said.

Most beaches, including Patong, have been signposted with warnings of the dangers of swimming, except where lifeguards are present, and yellow flags are flying.

Four people, two of them tourists, drowned within three days earlier this month, sparking moves by authorities to improve warnings and safeguards on the beaches.

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Same story, different day. Even speaking directly to them does not help. Sit back and enjoy the sunset view. Our apologies for the drowning tourist spoiling your view, picture perfect will resume after ten minutes or so.

Posted by Graham on June 25, 2009 13:38

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Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa


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