Brit drowns on honeymoon in Thailand double tragedy

By Linsey McNeill
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A British tourist died on the second day of his honeymoon on the island of Phuket, along with the Thai doctor who allegedly tried to save him.

Ali Mohammed Mian, aged 34, was staying at the five-star Katathani Phuket Beach Resort.

Police said he ignored the red flag warning on the beach and went for a swim in the rough sea.

When he got into difficulty, Chiang Mai-based doctor Surasit Phonglaohaphan tried to help him, according to local reports.

However, both had to pulled out of the water by lifeguards at Kata Noi Beach.

They performed COR on the sand before paramedics rushed the Ali Mohammed Mian, from London, and Surasit Phonglaohaphan to Chalong Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

The policeman said: “Our station received notification at 5pm from rescue volunteers that lifeguards had rescued two drowning tourists from the sea.

“Both of them were unconscious so CPR was performed. One of them had signs of a pulse. Both were taken to the Chalong Hospital but later died.

“We were informed that there was a red warning flag on the beach that the tourists had ignored to go swimming in the sea.

“They disobeyed the red flag and were swept away by the waves.”

However, local reports said that 55-year-old Mr Surasit, who had been sitting on the sand, had rushed into the sea to save Mr Mian after he saw he was in difficulty.

Messages left by netizens on Mr Surasit’s Facebook page praised him as ‘a hero who had sacrificed himself in a bid to save a life’.

The tragedy follows the drowning of two young backpackers off Thailand’s Koh Chang island in treacherous conditions. And in Phuket at Kata Beach, two tourists had to be rescued after they were dragged away by strong currents.

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