Phuket Lifeguards Warn Of Surf Danger
The Phuket Lifeguard Service has issued a warning for all beachgoers to beware of large “shore break waves” after a Russian woman was battered by a large wave at Nai Thon Beach, on Phuket’s northwest coast, on Monday.
The warning has been issued following a Russian tourist being injured in by the surf. Lifeguards identified her only as “Katya” and said that she suffered a blood-drawing graze after she was dumped on the sand by a large wave at the northern beach.
Asked how often bathers suffered such injuries, a representative for the Phuket Lifeguard Service said, “There are many bad ones. It happens when heavy big waves crash into the beach. Lifesavers call it a ‘shore break’. This kind of wave is common at Nai Harn, Kata, Karon, Surin, Nai Thon and Mai Kao beaches,” the representative added.
Large shore break waves are more likely as Phuket enters its annual “rainy season”, the representative noted.