Thai doctor who was pronounced dead after rushing to save drowning British tourist in Phuket honored for his dedication

Kata, Phuket –

Surasit Pongaohapan, a Thai doctor who was on holiday to Kata beach, was honored for his dedication after being pronounced dead while rushing to help save a British tourist who was drowning under strong and large waves in Phuket on Thursday, July 14th.

His will also donated his body for cadaver studies to the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University.

The dedicated doctor from Lampang Hospital reportedly went down into the sea to help the drowning foreign tourist while he was traveling with his wife and son.

Both of them were hit by multiple consecutive large waves and went underwater. Lifeguards later managed to pull them out of the water. Unfortunately, both of them were pronounced dead afterward.

The Buddhist funeral prayers would be held on Saturday, July 16th, before the doctor’s body would be transferred to Chiang Mai University for cadaver research.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.