Three tourists were hospitalised after they ignored red-flag warnings and nearly drowned while swimming at a beach in Phuket. One of them, a 32-year-old man from India, died in the hospital later that day.
Lifeguards on duty at Kata Beach in Karon subdistrict notified Karon Provincial Police Station at about 17:00 on Friday afternoon of a swimming accident involving three foreign tourists. The three had gone swimming despite red flags and warning signs put up at the beach forbidding anyone from entering the water due to dangerous surf and currents.
“When we arrived, the lifeguards had already pulled them out of the water,” Pol Capt Suwisit Kirirag said. “Two of them were responsive, but one of them was unconscious. He was given artificial respiration.”
Police named the man, who was in a critical condition, as Mani Aurora, 32, from India>. The two other tourists rescued were identified as Indian Mr Jaskiratsingh Bhullr, 41, and 48-year-old Chinese national Li Gui. Mr Aurora and Mr Bhullr were family members, Pol Capt Suwisit noted.
Rescue workers sent Mr Bhullr and Mr Li to Vachira Phuket Hospital. Due to the seriousness of his condition, Mr Aurora was transported to the better-equipped Chalong Emergency and Trauma Hospital.
“At about 19:30, we received a call from the hospital in Chalong,” Pol Capt Suwisit said. “They told us that Mr Aurora has died.” Chalong Provincial Police Station sent an inspector to the hospital to gather more information about his death and to schedule an autopsy.
The Indian Embassy has been informed of Mr Aurora’s death, police confirmed the following day.
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