ThailandTwo Vietnamese tourists, including a mother and daughter, died this morning from drowning at Naithon beach, Thalang district, Phuket province.
When the incident happened, red flags were planted along the beach to warn visitors not to enter the water due to strong winds and high waves, according to local officials.
Police chief Suporn Muangkhai at Sakhu police station said he was informed about the incident by Tambon Sakhu rescue force at around 7:15 a.m. Police arrived at the scene to investigate and determined that three Vietnamese tourists had been swimming off Naithon beach, ignoring the red flag warning.
Two tourists, a 52-year-old mother and a 16-year-old daughter, were swept away by waves about 20 meters. Rescuers then brought them to shore, performed CPR and took them to the hospital, but the two could not survive. The third traveler in the group is safe.
Thai authorities identified the mother and daughter living in Quang Trung ward, Dong Da district, Hanoi, with their family to Phuket to meet with business partners and combine tourism.
The Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand has contacted the relatives of the victims to assist in providing necessary information about the procedure at the hospital as well as contacting the Phuket provincial government.
Mr. Le Trung Kien, officer in charge of citizen protection of the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, said that the embassy is trying to support the families to carry out procedures to bring the bodies of the victims home as soon as possible. .
According to the embassy representative, since Vietnam and Thailand lifted most of the travel restrictions, the number of visitors from Vietnam to Thailand has increased rapidly. The Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand notes that Vietnamese tourists when coming to Thailand need to pay attention to personal safety, comply with the rules and recommendations of the host country to avoid unfortunate accidents.
Vu Hoang (Follow Bangkok Post, VNA)
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