Three more people drown off Phuket beaches

A man looks at one of two bodies found on Mai Khao beach in Thalang district, Phuket, on Monday. (Photo supplied)
A man looks at one of two bodies found on Mai Khao beach in Thalang district, Phuket, on Monday. (Photo supplied)

The bodies of an American citizen and a Thai woman were found on Mai Khao beach in Phuket on Monday, police said, while a Russian man drowned off Surin beach on Sunday.

Police said local residents told police that two bodies had washed ashore on the beach in Thalang district.

The dead man was identified as James Newman, 45, an American, and the woman only as Waranya, 49, a nurse from Surin.

Police found no trace of assaults on them.

An investigation found they checked into a hotel on Mai Khao on Sunday.

Police believed the two were swimming when one of them was swept away from the beach by the strong current while the other tried in vain to help.

They were sent to a hospital for an autopsy.

Newman was the second US citizen to drown off Phuket in less than two weeks. James Du Bois was found washed ashore last Tuesday at Nai Harn beach.

On Sunday, Russian Apostolov Aleksei, 64, drowned off Surin beach in Thalang.

Police found no signs of violence on Aleksei's body.

The Russian man had stayed at a condominium in Tha Lang.

Lifeguards have warned beachgoers to be extremely cautious about rough seas and put up red flags on beaches that are unsafe for swimmers.


  • assault: attacking someone violently - การทำร้ายร่างกาย
  • autopsy: a medical examination of a dead person’s body to find out why they died - การชันสูตรศพ
  • cautious: careful to avoid danger - ระมัดระวังไม่ให้เกิดขึ้น
  • citizen: someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 
  • current: a strong movement of water in one direction - กระแสน้ำ
  • drown: to sink under water and die - จมน้ำ
  • flag (noun): a piece of cloth with a special coloured design on it that may be the symbol of a particular country or organization, or may have a particular meaning. A flag can be attached to a pole or held in the hand - ธง
  • investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something - การสอบสวน
  • resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
  • sweep away: to destroy or to completely remove something - พัดพาไป (ตามลมหรือน้ำ)
  • violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย
  • washed ashore: when something in the water or sea to arrived at the beach -

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