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01 August 2010 :: 12:08:42 pm 34003

Strong Rip Warnings as Two Drown off Koh Chang Beach

Warnings have been issued in Koh Chang after two people drowned having been caught in a strong riptide off the coast of the Thai resort island this week.
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Koh Chang, the 31st of July 2010: Koh Chang Governor Sakprasert Jarernprasit made a public announcement this week, warning local residents and tourists of the increased possibility of strong riptides off the coast of the island.

The announcement followed the death of two people swimming at the “white sand beach” (Had Sai Khao) this week. The two men, Mr. Wasan Piluk [43] and Mr. Adrian Brine [50] a Dutch national, drowned after having been caught in a strong riptide affecting the area.

Rescue services later found the bodies of the two men but were unable to revive them. Witnesses at the scene allege that both men had been swimming separately, some way out from the shore, when Mr. Piluk seemed to struggle. In an attempt to assist the man, Mr. Brine swam towards him before both men reportedly disappeared under the water.

During the Thai monsoon season (July-October) the rip tide off the coast of Koh Chang is notoriously strong, with more deaths reported at this time than any other during the year. Although many people can spot and avoid dangerous rips, less able swimmers or the elderly are particularly vulnerable especially when the “pull” is strong.

Governor Jarernprasit maintained the need for people to remain vigilant when swimming at this time of year, particularly during or immediately following a storm or strong winds. He reasserted the need for people to swim accompanied or have someone onshore and to monitor the situation around them for changes in conditions.

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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