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Turkish tourist ignores red flags, drowns

A Turkish man Sunday became the sixth person to drown in Phuket waters this year.

Yalcin Dagdelen, 45, a guest at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, had been warned by hotel beach guards not to go swimming, but entered the water anyway, Kata-Karon lifeguard chief Uten Singsom told the Phuket Gazette.

"The waves were very strong. Mr Dagdelen was dragged out by a big wave and disappeared in the surf," said Uten.

The lifeguards began searching for him, and spotted him about 10 minutes later floating in the surf just offshore.

"The beach guards pulled him out of the water but he was already unconscious," Uten explained.

Dagdelen was rushed to Patong Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Phuket Gazette


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