Overview of Recent Drownings
Phuket officials are on high alert following five tragic drownings, including four foreign tourists, in the past week. The drownings occurred at Freedom beach, Karon beach, and Surin beach. With a total of 12 drownings since the beginning of the year, authorities are taking action to ensure visitor safety.
Efforts to Improve Safety on Beaches
In response to the increasing number of drowning incidents, Governor Narong Woonciew has instructed local authorities and lifeguards to pay closer attention to tourist safety. Clear warning signs are being placed to highlight the dangers of rough seas, and swimming is prohibited in specific areas. Additionally, police are now patrolling regularly to protect tourists.
Collaboration Between Public and Private Sectors
Deputy Governor Anuphap Rodkwan Yodrabam held a meeting with representatives from both the public and private sectors to discuss potential safety measures. Local administrative offices have been tasked with assessing the number of lifeguards on each beach, with plans to hire more if necessary.
Ensuring Lifeguard Preparedness
Local authorities are also responsible for determining whether lifeguards require additional training. They must ensure that lifeguards have the necessary rescue equipment at their disposal, further enhancing safety for tourists.
Promoting Safety Information
Authorities are collaborating with the private sector to launch campaigns aimed at tourist safety. More safety information will be disseminated to address the potential risks associated with beach visits. Deputy Governor Anuphap acknowledged that some drowning incidents resulted from rule violations and emphasized the importance of ongoing discussions to prevent further tragedies.