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Brit Ignores Red Flags, Drowns Self, Thai Rescuer in Phuket

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Paramedics were unable to save either drowning victim. (Photo: Karon Subdistrict)

A British honeymooner who ignored red-flag swimming warnings killed himself and the Thai father who tried to rescue him in Phuket Thursday.

Ali Mohammad Mian, 34, arrived in Thailand with his bride July 9, staying at the Katathani hotel in Karon Subdistrict since Tuesday.

He went into the rough seas off Kata Noi Beach about 5 p.m. despite lifeguards warning tourists not to swim. Red flags flew all along the 850-meter beach.

But in Mian went and, when he got in trouble, Surasit Ponglaohaphan, 55, was swimming nearby and tried to save him. The Chiang Mai man and his family were staying at the same hotel as the Londoner.

His wife and son watched as both men drowned.

Lifeguards pulled both to shore and rushed them to Chalong Hospital, where they were officially pronounced dead.

Five other tourists were safely rescued from the sea off Patong and Kata beaches on Thursday.

The accident follows a similar double drowning in Koh Chang earlier in the week where Spanish and French tourists also ignored red flags and drowned.