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    Thai doctor who died after rushing to save drowning British tourist is honored

    Surasit Pongaohapan, a Thai doctor who was on holiday to Kata Beach, was honored for his dedication after being pronounced dead while rushing to help save a British tourist who was drowning under strong and large waves in Phuket on Thursday, July 14th.


    His will also specified to donate his body for cadaver studies for the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University.

    The dedicated doctor from Lampang Hospital reportedly went down into the sea to help the drowning foreign tourist while he was traveling with his wife and son.


    Both of them were hit by multiple consecutive large waves and went underwater. Lifeguards later managed to pull them out of the water. Unfortunately, both of them were pronounced dead afterward.

    The Buddhist funeral prayers would be held on Saturday, July 16th, before the doctor’s body would be transferred to Chiang Mai University for cadaver research.

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    Brave but futile.

    Let Darwin do his work next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Brave but futile.

    Let Darwin do his work next time.
    Odd comment.

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    Just nasty.

    Good on the Dr for trying. Shame they both passed on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Odd comment.
    You could put Vegas style flashing lights and neon signs on Kata and Kata Noi beaches warning people against swimming there, yet there is a seemingly endless supply of fucking morons that just ignore them.

    The good doctor would have probably saved a lot more lives in the future if he'd not pointlessly risked his own.
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    Unbelievably tragic RIP to the Dr

    I am struggling to RIP someone who threw away his life and that of someone else's when there was apparently a clear red flag!

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    Was there a flag? Where did you read that above?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Was there a flag? Where did you read that above?
    There are always red flags at Kata and Kata Noi beaches at this time of year.

    And there are always people who ignore them.

    The Bangkok Herald have written this story up how it should have been written in the first place:

    "A british honeymooner who ignored red-flag swimming warnings killed himself and the Thai father who tried to rescue him in Phuket Thursday".
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    And as if to ram home the point:

    Meanwhile, two more tourists were rescued at nearby Kata Beach at about 6:10pm, lifeguards there reported.
    The two, a man and a woman, both aged about 30-40 years old, both survived their rescues and were taken to Chalong Hospital for treatment.
    Lifeguards at Patong Beach reported rescuing three tourists after they were swept away from the beach by strong rip currents. All three were safe, lifeguards confirmed.
    Lifeguards are maintaining their call for all beach-goers to not enter the water where red 'no swimming'; flags are posted on the beach, as red flags mark where it is not safe to enter the water due to strong waves and strong rip currents.

    Brit tourist on Phuket honeymoon among surf drownings
    Brit tourist on Phuket honeymoon among surf drownings

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    There's a seemingly endless supply of fish food.

    It all comes after backpackers Anna Carreras, 21, from Spain, and Rahul Ramkurrun, 22, from France, drowned last Sunday.
    They had ignored red flags and went for a swim on the island of Koh Chang islan, in Trat province.
    They had told hotel staff they were going to watch the sunrise, after an alleged night out drinking with friends, but they ended up in the water instead.

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    And to preempt your next question:

    Thai doctor who died after rushing to save drowning British tourist is honored-446d703e00000578-4894552-an_australian_pensioner_has_drowned_at_a_popular_thailand_beach_-3_15-jpg

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    Fair enough then.

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