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Karon Municipality Tourist Centre saved six foreigners off red-flagged Karon Beach this afternoon (October 14).

There were initially two Russian tourists drowning 50 metres ashore. The team from the Royal Thai Navy Area 3 and officers of the Phuket Marine Security Centre used jet-skis and speedboats to fetch the duo and return them to shore safely.

A little while later, another team, with the support of the Water Police who were training new volunteered lifeguards nearby, rescued another four Russian tourists drowning just along the beach, again where red flags were placed warning people not to swim in the area.

All six were checked and treated on the beach, are safe and didn’t want to go to the hospital.

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      simon01

      Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      What can I say. RED FLAGS. Karon beach is one of the worst for currents and rips this time of year. RED flags means no swimming. Why are people so stupid. As said many times before there needs to be signs all along the beach and on all red flags saying if you get rescued from a red flag area then you pay the 100,000 rescue fee for the guys risking their lives in the danger areas. The red flags are ignored, the verbal warnings are ignored so may be the risk of damaging the bank account will. Then more life guards can be employed with the extra money.

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      haymanpl

      Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      How about the beach mafia style behavior of some lifeguards who think they own the waves and intimidate anyone who tries to surf when they surf? This has nothing to do with red flags but more to do with aggressive standover tactics used by some lifeguards when they get together and control where you can swim and where you can’t depending on where the best waves are. Thats NOT how a professional lifeguard should behave.

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