Tourists to Thailand are being warned to heed red-flag warnings at beaches in Phuket after a British holidaymaker drowned.
Peter Cook, who was staying in the resort of Patong with his wife and two children, was the fourth person to drown in Phuket in the past three months.
He was swimming with his daughter and his son early one morning when they got into difficulties. Burmese workers used long poles to help, said The Phuket News, and Mr Cook managed to push his children towards them but he was unable to reach them and drowned.
The paper reported chief lifeguard Sakhon Chaithong saying that the three had gone swimming at 07:00hrs. The beach has red flag warnings, he said, but lifeguards are not on duty until 09.00hrs.
By Linsey McNeill
Monday, July 30, 2012