A Chinese tourist died Thursday morning after being swept from a scenic viewpoint in Kamala while posing for photos on rock cliffs dangerously close to the sea.
Pan Ying, 31, from Liaoning in Northeastern China, was among 15 friends staying at a nearby luxury villa, explained Lt. Col. Yossaphat Suwannasit, of the Kamala Police.
“A male friend in the group told us that after they finished breakfast, he, Ying, and three others went out to take pictures on the rocks. Ying slipped and fell. There were strong waves down below. They tried to help her, but couldn’t, so they called for help,” Col. Yossaphat added.
One of the group explained that while Ying’s husband was taking the photos, a large wave swept Ying from the rocks.
Lifeguards at Kamala Beach, several kilometers away, were called for assistance, but by the time they arrived it was too late.
Col. Yossaphat noted that when Ying’s body was brought back to land, it had many scratches. Her body was taken to Patong Hospital.
Most of the group of 15 Chinese tourists arrived in Phuket last Tuesday and had planned to leave on Friday.
Story: The Phuket News