60-year-old Russian tourist drowns at Phuket beach

Phuket –

A 60-year-old Russian tourist drowned at Karon Beach in Phuket while on holiday with his wife.

The Phuket Tourist Police Lieutenant Colonel Eakkchai Siri told the Phuket Express that the Karon Municipality rescue team was notified yesterday of the incident (November 13th) by a lifeguard at Karon beach.

They arrived at the beach near the Karon Circle to find the unconscious male foreigner on the beach. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The foreign man was later identified by the Phuket Tourist Police as Mr. Vladimir Kharitonov, 60, a Russian national. He stayed at a hotel at Karon beach since November 9th with his wife Mrs. Marina Kharitonov, 60, a Russian national. They were going to check out on November 22nd.

His wife said they went into the sea together before she came up onto the beach. She went back to the water again before she saw her husband floating in the water.

Lieutenant Colonel Eakkchai told the Phuket Express that the area where the Russian tourist drowned is available for swimming. There are no rip currents. Witnesses saw the Russian man facing down. Lifeguards believed he might have fainted or had a health issue before drowning.

The incident is still under investigation by relevant agencies.


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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.