German Man Drowns at Karon Beach in Phuket

Phuket –

A 52-year-old German man drowned after he went swimming with his 11-year-old son at Karon Beach.

The Chalong Police were notified of the incident at 8:50 P.M. on Monday evening (August 7th) at Karon Beach. They and the Phuket Express arrived at the beach where Mr. Jurgen Ralf Wiltzsch, 52, a German national, was found unconscious.

His 11-year-old boy, whose name was withheld due to his age, told Thai media that he and his father went swimming at 7:30 P.M. A wave washed his father away but the boy was able to swim back to the beach. He told lifeguards on the beach about his missing father before they went into the sea and pulled his father back onto the beach.

Mr. Wiltzsch was provided with CPR but was later pronounced dead.

This is the sixth drowning on Phuket beaches in just a few weeks, five of them foreign tourists.

Similar incidents recently:

Two Indian tourists drowned at Karon Beach, Mueang Phuket, after allegedly ignoring red flags and no swimming warnings.

A male tourist from Senegal went missing after he went swimming in the sea at Freedom Beach in Karon, Phuket.

The body of a missing Senegalese tourist has washed ashore in the Karon sub-district of Phuket today after he went missing in the rough sea on July 28th.

A Thai man has been reported missing after he went swimming in the sea ignoring red flags at a beach in Thalang.

A Russian tourist drowned at a beach in Thalang, allegedly ignoring red flags and no swimming warnings.

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.