Connect with us

Phuket

Russian tourist ‘found’ in Phuket after 10 hours at sea

Published

 on 

PHUKET: A Russian tourist, hell-bent on snorkeling despite warnings, was rescued and brought to shore this morning after being lost at sea for at least ten hours off Koh Racha Noi.

“Four Russian tourists, named by police as Artem Tarasenko, 45; Sergey Larichev, 40; Valeruu Iakunin, 40; and Dmitrii Somov, 48, rented a speed boat with Thai captain Rittiron Saleeka, 32, for snorkeling and fishing,” Lt Sakarin Saengjaroen of Chalong Police told the Phuket Gazette.

Capt Rittiron took the boat from Rawai Pier at about 9:30am yesterday and arrived at a snorkeling spot near Koh Racha Noi.

“The captain told us that he repeatedly warned the tourists that the waves were too strong and that they should avoid snorkeling, but they insisted that they had done it before at the same spot and kept on arguing until he agreed to let them snorkel,” said Lt Sakarin.

The tourists jumped in the water without life jackets and instructed the captain to hold the boat at the tip of the island about 80 meters away.

“Mr Rittiron waited for 30 minutes, but the tourists were nowhere to be found. He then went back to the drop-off point where he found Mr Tarasenko. Some time later, a fishing boat arrived with both Mr Larichev and Mr Iakunin on board – they had been picked up nearby,” he added.

Mr Somov, however, had disappeared. The Tourist Police, who were informed of the incident at about 2pm, notified the Navy and Marine Department for help. The search lasted until 7pm, but to no avail.

“At about 11pm, a fishing boat named Sirinamchok 8 found him about 200 meters away from the snorkeling drop off point. They administered first-aid and dropped him off this morning, at about 8:30, at the Fish Marketing Organization pier in Rassada,” confirmed Lt Sakarin.

“He did not have any cuts or bruises, but was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for a checkup as he had spent several hours in the sea,” he added. “We will question him further when he recovers.”

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 mins ago

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla diagnosed with an unfortunate infection

Myanmar31 mins ago

Aung San Suu Kyi receives additional 6-year prison sentence

Thailand15 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Opposition to extending nightlife to 4am

Sponsored12 mins ago

Super luxury villas in Phuket with breathtaking ocean views

Crime15 hours ago

Police officer who shot noodle vender sentenced to 25 years

Road deaths15 hours ago

Truck overturns in NE Thailand, driver dies, losing 1.5 million baht of beer

Transport15 hours ago

Thailand Transport Ministry seeks foreign loans for new bridges

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Central Thailand16 hours ago

Elephant calf stamped to death in central Thailand

Chon Buri16 hours ago

Mountain B Pub’s real owner surrenders while police guard venue

Road deaths16 hours ago

Motorcycle rider killed in multi-vehicle pile-up near Bangkok

Crime16 hours ago

Hong Kong man goes to Thailand to meet ‘lover,’ gets trafficked to Myanmar

Thailand17 hours ago

A monk dies in yet another day of Buddhist shame in Thailand

Economy17 hours ago

Electricity prices soar 18% to 4.72 baht per unit next month

Best of17 hours ago

Top 5 Boarding Schools in Thailand (2022)

Crime17 hours ago

Four national park officials indicted over Karen activist’s murder in western Thailand

Thailand17 hours ago

100 Consecutive Days of food handouts to the homeless of Bangkok

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending