UPDATE: Tourism and Sports Minister to suggest marine safety improvements for tourists in Phuket

Phuket –

The Tourism and Sports Minister is going to suggest marine safety improvements for tourists in Phuket to the Thai Prime Minister.

The suggestion follows the death of a Russian tourist on the island recently.

Our previous stories:

A 53-year-old female Russian tourist has gone missing from a hotel in the Thalang district.

A missing Russian woman was last seen after going into the sea in Thang and left her clothes and shoes on a beach.

Friends of the missing Russian woman in Phuket are offering 10,000 US dollars for anyone who has information and leads to find her.

The body of a missing Russian woman in Phuket from Thalang was found floating near Patong Beach on Day 6 of a major island wide search.

Now for the update:

The Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn who arrived in Phuket yesterday morning (October 26th) for the Thirteenth ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Sports event had also visited the Layan Beach in Thalang.

Mr. Pipat told the Phuket Express, “I am very sorry for Ms. Elena’s family and friends for their loss. No one wants this to happen. Thank you to everyone who has done their best during the week long search for Elena.”

“There are more tourists visiting Phuket everyday. Most of them like beaches and like to swim. There are chances for more loss like this especially during the monsoon season,” Mr. Pipat added.

“I will suggest to the Thai Prime Minister to improve marine safety to take care of tourists such as more rescue equipments and more lifeguards,” Mr. Pipat noted.


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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.