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Russian man drowns while swimming at Phuket beach

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A Russian man who was holidaying on Phuket has died after drowning at Patong Beach. The Phuket Express reports that the tourist drowned after getting into difficulty in the waves on Saturday morning, May 27.

The ‘wet season’ monsoon started to kick in last week, and waves picked up to 2 metres high in open waters.

According to the report, rescue workers were notified at around 7.30am on Saturday and arrived at the beach to find the victim floating in the sea. The tourist, who has been named as 53 year old Rafaylovich Pavel, was pronounced dead at the scene after drowning in the waves.

It’s understood he had gone to the beach with his wife and both had gone swimming. However, Mr Pavel got into difficulty while in the water.

The Russian Embassy has been notified and is providing assistance to the family.

Phuket-GO reminds readers to watch out for red flags placed along patrolled beaches at popular west coast locations which indicates that you cannot swim at these beaches.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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