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Russians rescued off Phuket

Two Russians had to be rescued from Koh Pu, a small island 2 nautical miles off the coast of Karon beach, yesterday evening (July 20) after they rode a jet-ski there and were unable to return due to bad weather conditions.

Mr Bebal, 29, and Ms Arkina had got stranded on Koh Pu and could not return due to the high waves and heavy rain.

At 5:30pm yesterday, Karon Deputy Mayor, Ittiporn Songkaew, announced that two Russian tourists named as Mr Bebal, 29, and Ms Arkina had got stranded on Koh Pu and could not return due to the high waves and heavy rain.

Even though the weather was bad, officers from the Royal Thai Navy took out two jet-skis to rescue the two who had both suffered minor injuries and were badly shaken by the incident. However, they were very thankful to the navy officers who they felt had saved their lives.

“The strong currents prevented the jet-ski from coming back to Karon Beach. We did try to get back but it was impossible,” said Mr Bebal.

Meanwhile, as the rescue was taking place, Karon marine rescue workers took to the beach to warn tourists about the dangers of the Andaman Sea at this time of the year.

Phuket News

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