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Body of missing Thai man washes up at Phuket beach

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The body of a Thai man, who went missing after going swimming at a Phuket beach, has been found after it washed ashore. The Phuket Express reports that the man and his friends went swimming at Surin Beach last Sunday, July 30, ignoring the red flags that were in place.

It’s understood the men ended up battling with big waves and, while two of them made it back to shore, the third could not be found. A subsequent search operation was suspended due to the rough conditions.

Phuket’s west coast beaches are often dangerous at this time of the year and the red flags, posted along the beaches, are placed there to warn people not to swim there.

Yesterday, August 1, at around 2.00pm, Chergntalay Police were notified that a body had been found on the rocks at Surin Beach. A formal identification process is now underway but the man’s friends have confirmed “it is him”.

The man has been named as 44 year old Tawat Siracha, from the northern province of Phitsalunok. It’s understood he was a labourer who had only recently arrived on the island.

Mr Tawat’s drowning is the second in recent days, after the body of a missing Senegalese tourist washed up at Freedom Beach after he too went swimming in dangerous conditions.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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