The monsoon season can be a dangerous time to swim off many of Phuket's beaches.
Let us hope by luck she is found safe, but no updates as yet and apparently she went off to swim alone at 7 pm last evening
Unlike past years, there are now numerous red flags warning about the strong current and advising against swimming, except in the designated areas. Red and yellow flags show the patrolled sections of the beach. There have usually been three of these areas flagged through the day, during the past couple of weeks.
It is a terrible shame that the very obvious warnings are sometimes ignored.
The last 3 or 4 days its been good, small surf and little wind. It must change soon, though.
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The woman was from Australia, although it is very sad, she should have known better to swim alone at dusk, you never do it in Aus.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident.
The photo in the article looks as though it was taken somewhere between The Moevenpick and the Centara Grand (northern end of Karon beach).
"The last 3 or 4 days its been good, small surf and little wind. It must change soon, though."
The rips are still there, which makes the flat seas all the more dangerous. People just don't realise that in spite of the flat seas it can be dangerous. On top of that, they ignore the red flags, warnings from hotels, warnings from life guards, etc.
So sad. I have been staying at the Marina in Karon for the past 10 days. My balcony overlooks Karon Beach and almost every day since I have been here the red flags have been out, but there have still been so many people swimming anyway.
So true StephenL...People tend to avoid large wave days because they look nasty but then they underestimate small days thinking that it is safe....
7pm,not even a seasoned surfer could spot a rip at that time of night...