PHUKET: As the busy Thai New Year Songkran holidays approach this weekend, Rawai Municipality has installed floating markers to rope off the beach side of the sluice gate at Phuket’s Nai Harn Lagoon.
The estuary is subject to strong tidal flows between the lagoon and the sea, which trapped and drowned 9-year-old Sarun Srisongkram on March 30 (story here).
“Swimmers can swim at the beach and in the lagoon, but should not cross the buoys,” warned Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos. “The zone beyond the buoys is dangerous, especially during high tide.”
The municipality launched extra safety precautions after the death of Sarun (story here), and now have two staffers patrol the area from 9am to 7pm every day.
“I personally do not worry much about foreign tourists. I believe they understand and can handle the strong current. However, I am seriously worried about local children,” Mayor Aroon said.
“During the school break, local children always come and swim at the beach side of the lagoon. Therefore, I once again urge parents to keep a close eye on their children to prevent them from drowning.
“Do not let children play anywhere near there unattended. Many children have died over the years. I do not want more.”
— Kongleaphy Keam