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Snorkelling seems simple but needs to be taught to inexperienced visitors

Young Chinese Tourist Drowns on Phuket Day Trip: Ambassador To Visit

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
PHUKET: A young Chinese tourist drowned today on a day-trip from Phuket, according to a regional rescue centre spokesman.

His death* comes on the eve of a visit to Phuket by the influential Chinese Ambassador to discuss tourism safety.

Details of the tourist's death have yet to emerge.

It's known that he drowned on a snorkelling day trip to Pai island, a small island between Phuket and Phi Phi.

The Director of the Chaofa Krabi Centre Marine Rescue Operation, Nitipat Mongkhonprasit, said the man's body, now at Phi Phi Hospital, was being transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City.

An increasing number of Chinese tourists have drowned on snorkelling day-trips. Chinese travellers are not as familiar with snorkels and masks as European and Australian visitors.

Many are not strong swimmers. Often, boatboys and speedboat ''captains'' do not oversee the activities of tourists at snorkelling destinations.

Chinese Ambassador Guan Mu is visiting Phuket tomorrow for lengthy talks with Phuket officials about the safety and security of Chinese tourists.

Phuketwan telephoned the office of the Chinese Consul in Had Yai, which oversees Phuket. The Deputy Consul said it was the first they had heard of today's drowning.

*The drowning victim was first reported to be a woman but officials from the Chinese Consul's office confirmed it was a man.


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History repeats itself same thing last month nothing been done to address this issue again,the chinese do not even know the rudimentrys of a mask and snorkle let alone swim or float,the tour guides dont observe them dont ask if they can even dog paddle and likely having a sleep on the boat ,likely we will see the same story with a different deceased name next month,the chinese ambassador will be a brillant & revered statesman if he can get the Thai powers that be to introduce codes of practice for these snorkling tours addressing the very avoidable death toll in this activity.

Posted by slickmelb on May 28, 2013 19:41


It's not that they are not "strong swimmers" but that the average chinese tourist is a NON-swimmer, meaning they can't swim at all. Extremely common. Also among domestic tourists in Thailand.

Posted by christian on May 28, 2013 22:29


How may more have to die before there will be taken any serious action against operators, letting non - swimmers on a guided tour in the water ? Where are the ah so professional and well trained Thai tour guides when people die ?

Posted by Resident on May 29, 2013 07:19


I have to say I am tired of reading about senseless drownings. These boats that I HAVE Been on should have Staff Trained as Lifeguards ! Instead of them bulls---ing inside, while tourists snorkel they should Post Guards watching even with Binoculars if needed for the safety of the people. The one thing that Asia fails to capture is the Value of a human life.

Posted by John on May 29, 2013 11:56


We had a Chinese man drown on our day trip to Phi Phi islands on the 28th of May. The trip was understandably cut short but the journey home at 16h00 was horrendous. We were so glad to be back on land...barely.

Posted by Jeff on May 29, 2013 15:51


Jeff, can u get in contact with me? Our friend drowned the day you went on the trip. I would like more details to provide for his family. Pls email me at

Posted by Dennis on May 29, 2013 22:13


Dennis, we went on the same trip with another boat yesterday and happened to be there when they were searching for the Chinese young man.When he was found my boyfriend and threeother persons tried to reanimate him.We feel so very sorry for his family and friends! The safety and rescue standards are horrible in Thailand, there is no defibrillator or any person or life guard that could help...On the island nobody

Posted by Eva on May 29, 2013 23:29


Jeff, our close friend drowned on that boat all of us close to him in America don't know what happened can u email me please. We are in a state of shock with bits of information.

Posted by Nirav on May 30, 2013 18:13


hello all,
please if you have any information about this drowning email me. we are the young mans friends from the u.s. we grew up with him since the 4th grade and we are shocked by this horrible event. email me at

Posted by gregg on May 30, 2013 18:23


Eva my best friend was on that trip who died. We have no idea what happened as we heard through diff sources back here in america. Can u plz email me This is a horrible loss for us thank you nirav

Posted by Nirav on May 30, 2013 18:37


I was in that boat with the Chinese guy. The tour guy didn't offer life jackets to anybody. I had to asked for one myself. Why can't they give us all life jackets!!!!! And also train their tour guide better!!! We do spend a lot of money to go on these trip!!!

Posted by Pantana on June 1, 2013 20:16

Editor Comment:

Just exactly what do you have to say about the tragedy? We have no way of knowing whether you are genuine or not. Tell us what happened, if your comment is genuine. So far you sound like a faker.


Anyone else on that boat with drowning please email me if u have any pictures of our friend or know anything else. He was a very close friend and we are devasted here in america. Email me

Posted by Nirav on June 3, 2013 09:10

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