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British woman, 21, is latest Phuket drowning death

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PHUKET: The drowning death of a 21-year-old British woman at Karon Beach over the weekend has left Phuket lifeguards frustrated over the failure of foreign tourists to heed their warnings not to enter the surf when red warning flags are flying.

Rebecca Callaghan, from Evesham in Worcestershire, was in Phuket with her boyfriend as part of a holiday that took in Australia and Indonesia as well as Thailand. She was due to start a university degree in September.

Lifeguard station chief U-tane Singsom said Miss Callaghan arrived at the beach around 5pm and entered the surf despite visible red flags and a verbal warning.

Her boyfriend rented a body board and waded out, followed by Miss Callaghan who entered without an aid.

Despite staying in shallow waters, she was pummeled by large waves and went under.

Lifeguards pulled her out and aided by a vacationing nurse, Savanna Sorensen, performed CPR before she was taken to Patong Hospital.

Miss Callaghan died there later that evening.

In an interview with the Evesham Journal, her family this week paid tribute to their “special daughter”.

Her mother Rosie told the Journal that Miss Callaghan “would always be remembered for her bubbly and caring nature”.

Her brother said: “We would like to say to those who knew her to remember Becky how she was – to think of her when they were with her and hopefully that was a time when they were happy and laughing.”

Her funeral was expected to take place in Bengeworth in England.

Around the same time as the tragedy that claimed Miss Callaghan’s life, two Thai teenagers had to be rescued by lifeguards at Nai Harn Beach.

Chaiphoom Boonrasri, 16, Kanithanee Hong-asurachet, 15, were playing in shallow water when the current dragged them out to sea.

They were saved by beach guards. Mr Chaiphoom was taken to Vachira Hospital while

Miss Kanithanee was taken to Bangkok Hospital.

A fourth incident took place at Kata Beach the same day when a Korean tourist, Liu Gang, entered the surf around 5:20pm despite red flags and being warned by lifeguards.

After being hit several times by large waves, an exhausted Mr Liu had to be rescued and taken to Bangkok Hospital for treatment.

Mr U-tane, who is responsible for Karon Beach, Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach, said that during the rainy season the beaches were perfect for surfing – but not swimming.

To play in the water with a surfboard is not that dangerous because the surfboard is a floating device helping you stay on the water’s surface. But to play without any board is very dangerous,” he said.

All four accidents on the same day had one thing in common: tourists ignored water safety signs, flags and lifeguards’ warnings, he said.

Mr U-tane said he was frustrated when a drowning took place as it was not only the victim who was at risk, but also the lifeguards trying to save them.

It is very difficult to help people in the water with big waves. When lifeguards warn tourists not to swim and red flags are flying, the tourists get angry and use bad words. But when a drowning really happens and someone dies, lifeguards are blamed for not doing their duty,” he said.

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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