Thailand’s people mourn a doctor who drowned while attempting to save British tourist in Phuket
The Facebook page of a doctor who died trying to save a British tourist from drowning in Phuket was flooded with messages of condolence this weekend.
55-year-old Chiang Mai, Dr. Surasit Phonglaohaphan and 33-year-old Englishman, Mr. Ali Mohammed Mian, were pronounced dead in Chalong hospital after lifeguards pulled them out of the water at Kata Noi Beach.
Witnesses said that Mr. Mian had ignored the red flags warning of strong waves and powerful underwater currents, and the Englishman quickly disappeared under the water. Doctor Surasit, who was sitting on the beach, saw this and did not hesitate for a moment and ran into the sea to save the man.
Police reported that Mian, from London, was on honeymoon and had checked into a hotel in Kata Noi on Tuesday.
The posts left by netizens on Surasit’s Facebook page praised him as a hero who sacrificed himself in an attempt to save a life. Meanwhile, Surasit’s colleagues at the Lampang hospital where he worked said he was one kind-hearted, kind and outgoing person to everyone.
His family announced that the funeral will take place next week at Wat Suandok in Lampang’s Muang district, while Surasit’s body will be donated to the Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University.
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