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Witnesses at Surin Beach today watched in bemused confusion when a man, who was in difficulty whilst swimming off Surin Beach today, was helped back to shore. But not by one of the lifeguards on duty at the beach who stood at the shore and watched the rescue take place.
The incident happened around 11am when a man, later identified as from Lebanon, was swimming off the beach in an area patrolled by the employed lifeguards. There was no designated swimming area set aside by the lifeguards.
A local surfer, from The Philippines, noticed that the man was in difficulty and rushed to his assistance. The paid lifeguards watched from the shoreline and helped the man once he was back to shore.
A former lifeguard at the beach made the comment that the new lifeguards “don’t like to swim as they don’t have confidence or training.”
“They didn’t have any of the required equipment to attempt a rescue.”
The man was taken to the Thalang Hospital.
The two lifeguards, who escorted the man to the waiting ambulance, were approached for comment but declined to make any comment on the matter. The Filipino surfer confirmed the story in a separate message made available to The Thaiger.
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