Honeymooning British man drowns in Phuket, Thailand

A British man on his honeymoon refused to acknowledge a red-flagged no swim zone on the island of Phuket in southern Thailand and it cost him his life.

Ali Mohammed Mian drowned only two days into his honeymoon after being swept out to sea when he tried to take a dip in choppy waters at Kata Noi Beach.

The 34 year old, who was staying at the five-star Katathani Phuket Beach Resort with his new bride, went for a swim yesterday at about 5pm despite red flag warning signs advising against it.


The London-born man was swept out to sea by a strong current with a 55 year old Thai man Surasit Phonglaohaphan.

Lifeguards managed to reach the two men and got them back to shore where they performed CPR before paramedics rushed them to Chalong Hospital. Unfortunately, the Londoner and Thai man died shortly after they arrived at the hospital.

Lieutenant Colonel Kittipong Nupheng, from the Karon district police station, revealed the British Embassy had been informed and they have contacted Ali’s family following the drowning.

“Our station received notification at 5pm from rescue volunteers that lifeguards had rescued two drowning tourists from the sea. Both of them were unconscious so CPR was performed. One of them had signs of a pulse. Both were taken to the Chalong Hospital but later died.

“We were informed that there was a red warning flag on the beach that the tourists had ignored to go swimming in the sea.

“They disobeyed the red flag and were swept away by the waves.”

The tragedy comes two days after The Thaiger reported a young couple drowned in Thailand: Frenchman, 22 year old Rahul Ramkurrun, and a Spanish woman 21 year old Anna Carreras. The couple drowned in choppy waters near the island of Koh Chang, in Trat province in the Gulf of Thailand.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

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Bob Scott is an experienced writer and editor with a passion for travel. Born and raised in Newcastle, England, he spent more than 10 years in Asia. He worked as a sports writer in the north of England and London before relocating to Asia. Now he resides in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is the Editor-in-Chief for The Thaiger English News. With a vast amount of experience from living and writing abroad, Bob Scott is an expert on all things related to Asian culture and lifestyle.

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