Fatal disregard: Kazakhstani tourist ignores red flag warnings, drowns at Phuket’s Kata Beach

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A Kazakhstani tourist reportedly ignored red flags warning against swimming and as a consequence tragically drowned at Kata Beach in Phuket. Karon Police were alerted by a lifeguard at Kata Beach yesterday afternoon and discovered the body of the tourist, identified as 24 year old Artur Iskakov from Kazakhstan.

Lifeguards informed the police that they had been notified of the Kazakhstan tourist’s unconscious state approximately five minutes before their arrival. They used a jet-ski to pull Iskakov from the water and back onto the beach, where emergency responders were called. Unfortunately, Iskakov was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the time of the incident, there was a red flag on the beach, which serves as a warning to tourists not to swim due to strong waves and currents.

In Thailand, drowning incidents are not uncommon.

On May 27, a Russian man tragically drowned off the coast of Patong Beach. The incident occurred during an early morning swim when 53 year old Pavel Rafaylovich and his wife went into the sea near their hotel.

Rafaylovich swam approximately 7 kilometres from the shore and encountered strong waves, ultimately struggling to stay afloat. His wife called for help, and lifeguards rushed to bring him back to shore. Despite the combined efforts of rescue workers, lifeguards, and Patong Hospital personnel, Rafaylovich could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife confirmed they were both Russian nationals vacationing in the area.

On April 18, a 51 year old American man tragically drowned in a cave near Koh Phi Phi Leh island in Thailand’s Krabi province. The incident occurred near the Viking Cave in a coral diving area. A tour guide reported that the tourist was initially alive when rushed to a local hospital following the drowning emergency but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival despite receiving CPR.

On March 19, a foreign tourist, whose nationality remains unknown, drowned at Pattaya Beach in the Chon Buri province of eastern Thailand. Rescuers discovered an unconscious Western male, estimated to be between 55 and 60 years old, on the beach. Despite lifeguards and rescue workers’ attempts to perform CPR, their efforts to save the tourist were ultimately unsuccessful.

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