Raising Red Flags Along The Beaches

Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 – Mr. Winai Chidchew, a Karon leader community , has cooperated with 1000 eyes of the pineapple in the security and safety campaign for helping drowning travelers.

He said “We worry about the windy will bring more deaths. Even though, there are red flags on the beach, many travelers ignore the warning sign. It is serious problem when someone is struggled under waves.”

Yesterday, there were eight people had to be helped from swimming at Kata and five more from Karon.

He also needs equipment for multiple simultaneous rescues like jet-ski and surf boards from PPAO.

The related offices should take responsibilities to give knowledge to tourists; the important of warning signs and  red flags.


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    Many red flags are up at beaches in Phuket due to the monsoon while beach guards seek tourists’ cooperation by not swimming.

    Red flags, the universal no-swimming signs, are clearly posted at beaches in Phuket including Kata Noi to warn tourists of possible dangers and to stop them from swimming at sea. A few people still attempt to swim in shallow waters, but under close watch of beach guards during this week. Just this year as many as 13 people have reportedly drowned in Kata and Karon beaches, south of Phuket. Chalongchai Thongnark, a lifeguard member at Kata Noi beach said three of them keep watch and tell tourists not to swim at sea. He admits that sometimes they could not handle the situation as there are so many tourists, some of them ignore the warnings. The beach guards have requested hotel staff located on the beach front to assist them in keeping watch. This Danish family came out of the water when seeing the waves getting bigger and agreed that it’s a good idea to put signs or warnings up for everyone’s safety.


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