Yet again, a foreign tourist has drowned in Phuket while going for a swim despite red warning flags being posted.
Leonid Petrov, a 28-year-old tourist from Russia, was pulled out of the sea after a friend of his saw him calling for help and struggling to keep his head above the surface. The two had been swimming in the rough sea off Nai Han Beach in Phuket’s Rawai subdistrict at around 18:00 when the incident occurred.
Residents and other tourists helped to carry the unconscious Mr Petrov to the beach. Lifeguards who had rushed to assist attempted to revive the man but failed. He died minutes after he was brought ashore.
Mr Petrov’s friend told officers from Chalong police that the two were about 100 meters away from the beach when Mr Petrov was suddenly dragged away by waves. Witnesses confirmed the statement and said the tides were about two meters high.
High surf and strong currents around Phuket throughout the past several days have prompted officials to put up red flags to warn swimmers of the dangers. Just one day before the incident, a South Korean couple has drowned after intentionally diving into the sea off Patong Beach.
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