Nopparat Thara national park warns tourists of swimming amid monsoon season

The Nopparat Thara � Phi Phi islands national park has ordered park officials to tighten safey measures following an incident yesterday when an Indian tourist was injured after strong wave washed her to hit coastal rocks while she was swimming in the sea amid warning signs of high waves and unsafe for swimming.

Worapot Lormlim, chief of the national park, said the Indian woman suffered broken legs after she hit the rocks.

She was swimming in the sea at Kho Phai in Ao Nang Bay of Krabi province.

Following this incident, he said he ordered officials posted at various observation spots to advise tourists to swim only in safe areas where they are marked.

Besides, they are told to wear life jackets as now the sea has strong waves because it is the monsoon season.

At the same time the Singkhla Office of the Marine Departmemt also warned operators of small tour boats not to sail into the sea if there is high wave and strong wind.

They are told to monitor the weather forecast closely and to strictly abide by the warning. Any violation could mean the termination of their operation licenses.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)