Phuket Governor visits Patong beach to ensure safety measures following drowning deaths and multiple tourist rescues

Phuket –

The Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew visited lifeguards at Patong Beach to ensure safety measures were being followed due to strong waves, wind, and bad weather.

Governor Narong told The Phuket Express, “I came here to give encouragement to the lifeguards as this is monsoon season with strong waves. We want tourists to visit beaches in Phuket with happiness and safety.”

Governor Narong has ordered relevant officials and lifeguards to provide the best care possible for tourists especially around beach safety. However, lifeguards on Patong beach are ready for any problem which can make more confidence for tourists according to the Governor.

Governor Narong stated that lifeguards were being trained on how to deescalate confrontations with tourists who refuse to follow no swimming signs and red flags and encourage the tourists not to enter the water while being respectful.

Tourists not following lifeguard directions and ignoring bilingual signs and flags warning of no swimming to strong waves and wind have led to several major incidents in Phuket recently, as seen below.

The visit came after two people have been pronounced dead after a male British tourist who was on his honeymoon drowned as well as a Thai man who was trying to help save the British tourist’s life at Kata Beach in a red flag area on July 14th.

It also followed other tourists running into trouble in the ocean recently in Phuket and getting rescued.

Two foreign tourists were rescued after battling with waves at Kata Beach, the same beach and the same day that two other tourists passed away.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.