Australian family's urgent warning after brush with death in Thailand What should have been a relaxing holiday quickly turned into hell on Earth when a Melbourne family of three witnessed a man drown while on a snorkelling tour off the coast of Phuket.
And now, as they struggle on a daily basis to live their lives after witnessing old style oakley sunglasses a horror they will never forget, they have spoken out with a dire warning for other holidaymakers. Daniel Williams and Jade Roberts set off on what they thought would be a casual tour of Thailand picturesque Khai Islands with what looked like a reputable tour company The trip marked their sixth visit to Thailand. According to the couple they had returned to the same local tour booker they had previously used, to plan their most recent tour. was a bit concerned about going on a boat with Hunter (the couple 18 month old son). But everything seemed safe. Photo: Ms Roberts and son Hunter on board the boat the calm before the storm. After they had boarded the boat and were on their way Mr Williams noticed something buy oakley sunglasses was amiss, pointing to the limited number of lifejackets. was not enough life jackets for everyone to wear in case of emergency and the boat was uncomfortably full of people, he said. starters, paying customers should not be pushed onto a speed boat that packed to the rafters. Mr Williams told Ten Eyewitness News it was when the boat pulled up in deep water alongside the Khai Nai Island that things turned pear shaped. Firstly, he said not everyone was given a lifejacket before swimming. Instead those who said they were avid swimmers missed out, while the less confident snorkelers were offered a vest. ones who said they can swim were not provided with a vest as there wouldn't have been enough for the ones who needed them, he said. After being told to jump off the boat and into the ocean, it took seconds for panic to erupt. A huge current took hold and started dragging a number of swimmers out to sea, including Mr Williams who struggled to get back to the boat with his flippers weighing him down. Photo: oakley military Ms Roberts, holding her son Hunter, digests the horror she just witnessed. could hear my fianc crying and screaming to save me, he oakley scar said, noting that it appeared the company only had one life saving ring for the entire boat. But another swimmer wasn so lucky. Another group of people washed up on nearby rocks including the man, believed to be a tourist of Asian descent, who died despite efforts to complete CPR until emergency crews arrived. The Melbourne couple explained they were then forced to sit on a boat alongside the deceased man as they made their way back to shore. partner and I are going to need to seek counselling for this tragedy as they had us sitting next to the deceased on the boat trip back to the port, Mr Williams said. haven stopped crying since I got home, Ms Roberts added. seeing Daniel almost die and to see a dead body and have to sit next it on the same boat. Photo: The area where the Melbourne family was taken to snorkel. was just lucky Hunter is so young and didn understand what was going on. But the money is no longer a concern for them. Instead they rather inform people of the tragedy so a similar incident doesn happen to another unassuming family.
just wouldn want this to happen to someone else, Ms Roberts said. would not have happened anywhere else in the world. Not like this.
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