Connect with us

Koh Samui

Samui expats rescue tourists from drowning



SAMUI: Two Russian tourists luckily escaped drowning on New Year’s Day when a group of expats dove in to rescue them from ferocious waves at Chaweng Noi Beach in Koh Samui.

Officials had placed red warning flags advising the public not to swim that day due to the rough seas, but the man and woman, both believed to be in their early 30s, reportedly ignored the signs and went ahead anyway.

Numerous sunbathers watched in horror as the two were being swept out to sea. Longtime Koh Samui resident Cord Biggs, who was playing beach volleyball with three friends about 40 meters from the shore, quickly jumped in to rescue them.

“We spotted the couple being swept out, screaming and panicking in the water. No one on the crowded beach was taking action, so my friends and I ran down from the court and started swimming toward them,” said Mr Biggs.

Mr Bigg’s friends were named as Andre Malvestiti, Johnny Gherardi, and Cristiano Cappellacci. Staff from The Beach Bar threw them lifebuoys as they reached the water.

“I went for the girl first as she appeared to be in greater danger. Andre joined me, but while we were trying to bring her back, the other tourist was getting swept out further, so I swam out to him. While I was bringing him back, however, Andre and the girl started going out further, so I had to go back out and get them,” said Mr Biggs.

“Luckily, a surfer came to us as I was struggling and he was able to get her on to his board. It was very difficult for me and I ended up tossing the buoys away and fighting the rips to make it back.”

All four rescuers and both tourists reached the shore safely. The couple was transported to Thai International Hospital by ambulance and made a full recovery.

Mr Biggs and his friends are being hailed as ‘authentic heroes’.

“Please watch out for the red flags on any beach and if you see those, do not swim. Thanks to my volleyball boys for having my back, and [I wish] good karma for all of us as we start the new year,” he concluded.


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:

Road deaths3 hours ago

Dead woman in car pulled out of Kanchana Buri canal

World3 hours ago

As Iran revolts, president vows to deal with protests

Election4 hours ago

POLL: Top 2 picks for prime minister are “nobody” and Ex-PM’s daughter

Sponsored2 days ago

From regulation to cannabis delivery, here’s what you need to know about cannabis in Thailand

China4 hours ago

No word from China on Xi military coup whispers

Pattaya4 hours ago

Intoxicated Pattaya tourist allegedly punches elderly Australian man in face

Thailand5 hours ago

Thai TikTok star detained at Singapore airport over huge amount of cash

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Kanchanaburi6 hours ago

Kanchanaburi school director found dead in canal

Pattaya7 hours ago

Small children in Pattaya learn to get help when locked in hot cars

Chiang Mai8 hours ago

Heavy rains collapse part of Chiang Mai’s ancient city wall

Events8 hours ago

6-hour whiskey drinking contest draws criticism

Pattaya10 hours ago

Pattaya official urges mayor to expand legal nightlife zone

Thailand10 hours ago

Things you can do in Thailand during the rainy season

Indonesia10 hours ago

Earthquake in Indonesia felt throughout southern Thailand

Patong11 hours ago

Foreign women rescued from rip current in Patong

Thailand1 day ago

Woman smashes up her 1.5 million baht car over feud with Ford Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Phuket2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years 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