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Russian swimmer drowns at Karon Beach

Jack Burton

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A 61 year old Russian tourist has died after getting caught in a rip at Phuket’s Karon Beach.

Police say the man, whose name was withheld pending family and Embassy notification, was swimming alone at the northern end of the beach, just a few hundred metres from the “Tourist Service Centre”. He was seen struggling after currents dragged him out to sea.

Karon Beach is notorious for savage rip currents which can be difficult to identify from the shore for swimmers. It has not been reported if there were red flags along the shore warning swimmers at the time.

Lifeguards from a nearby resort swam out to retrieve the man, but he was “unconscious and unresponsive”, so lifeguards performed CPR once they had him back to shore. He was rushed to Patong Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival. The Russian embassy has been notified of his death.

A senior official in Karon confirmed that no lifeguards are provided by Karon Municipality to patrol the northern end of the beach and that lifeguard services, for that area, are provided by one of the adjacent resorts.

Some important information about surviving rip currents HERE.

SOURCE: Newshawk Phuket

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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