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German tourist died after box jelly fish encounter on Lamai beach
Unfortunately we have some very sad news; A 20 year old, female German tourist died after box jelly fish encounter on Lamai beach after a night swim last night. Check here for the Thai PBS article, which I copy below this picture.
Since 1999, after a similar sad event on Chaweng beach, this is the second reported death by a box jelly fish on Koh Samui.
In August a Thai woman died on Koh Phangan after a box jelly fish encounter and last month a Chinese tourist barely survived an encounter on Chaweng Beach, he was in a coma for a day. His wife had minor stings.
For more updates on my work about box jelly fish around Koh Samui, please check this link and this one.
There's no reason for panic, however it's best to refrain from swimming on Lamai beach today and having a bottle of vinegar at hand is also a smart move and wear stinger suits or other forms of body protection.
The scars indicate a new species of 'Thai box jelly fish' that caused this injury
From the ThaiPBS article;
20-year-old German tourist died and her friend was injured after she was stung by box jellyfish while swimming at night at Lamai beach in Samui Island last night.
Bophud station police investigator Pol Maj Udomsak Thappa said the police were alerted of the death of Ms X by Bangkok Samui hospital around midnight.
She suffered wounds on both legs, stomach, back and arms, the officer said.
Her friend identified as X, also a German tourist, received slight injury as she swam to rescue her friend after hearing she screamed while swimming in the sea in front of Lamai beach.
She is still at hospital for monitoring of the wound.
Investigation later revealed that both tourists checked in at a bungalow on Lamai beach.
Shortly later Bungalow employees heard loud scream from the beach, they rushed to the source of the sound and saw both tourists in the sea.
They cried in pains with wounds believed to be stung by box jellyfishes on their bodies.
They were given primary care by rescue workers of Samui municipal rescue centre with vinegar to relieve their pains, and later rushed to Bangkok Samui hospital.
But Ms Thies Saskia died later from the deadly poisons.
The body of the dead tourist will be flown to Police General Hospital in Bangkok this morning for autopsy.
Jet Ski club president Withaya Suksom, said he was alerted of a large number of box jellyfishes in the sea of Lamai beach by residents and club members yesterday.
He immediately coordinated with the marine police and also asked jet skiers to go out warning tourists swimming in the water to stay off the sea.
Besides he also sought cooperation from all bungalow and hotel operators to put up warning signs on the beach and advise tourists not to swim in the sea during this period.
He said he never expected the incident would happen at night.
The box jellyfish is one of the world’s most toxic animals and its stings usually cause victims to die quickly and in agony.
A Thai woman died on Koh Phangan from box jellyfish stings in August this year.
Experts say that the only treatment for box jellyfish is common vinegar. The vinegar does nothing to dull the pain but it does combat the toxicity. Without vinegar, the jellyfish stings continue to attack and destroy the victim’s flesh.
Once more, please just keep in mind that I do report about this accident, not to scare monger but to raise awareness.
The recommend way to deal with box jelly fish stings is to use plenty of vinegar on the affected body parts;
IN CASE OF A BOX JELLYFISH STING:
1. Begin CPR if required and call for medical assistance
2. Immediately pour vinegar over sting area for at least 30 seconds
3. After using the vinegar, place cold packs or ice on the wound to ease the pain and reduce skin damage
The THA (Thai Hotel Association), chapter Koh Samui is taking this problem very seriously and plans were already in place to get experts to Koh Samui and discuss ways of preventing such accidents and raise awareness. This is already documented in other activities the THA chapter Koh Samui took last year.
Please stay calm and enjoy your holiday on Koh Samui, being aware and knowing what to do in case somebody gets stung, will be very helpful and reduce the chance of fatalities like this unfortunate German girl.
We have a hazy early morning cloud cover hanging over Koh Samui but the sun is trying hard to dissolve the clouds and before or around noon we may have blue skies for the rest of the day. Current temp at 7am is 25C
Thai sweets and a smile at Fisherman's Village walking street. The sweets have a coconut base and are delicious
Yesterday saw a cloudy day with occasional bursts of sunshine, it stayed dry though. Max temp reached 32C
The forecast is looking good, plenty of blue skies are predicted with occasionally a shower.
It's cloudy this morning over Koh Samui and we have or had a bit of drizzle as well. It may clear up a little bit during the afternoon but at this stage that's not a guarantee. Current temp at 7am is 25.1C
There's a cloud layer over Koh Samui this morning and it seems to be a thick layer, but just like in recent days, probably around 10am-ish, the sun might have finally burnt through the clouds and come out to play. Current temp at 7am is 25.5C
Yesterday saw mostly a cloudy day with the daily shower for a change blowing in very early around 3pm, but it was merely a short drizzle with a bit of sun popping out afterwards. Max temp reached 33C
The forecast remained more or less the same for the next ten days, a mixed bag of partially cloudy, cloudy and sunny skies with an occasional shower. For October kind of what can be expected and not bad at all.
Another early morning run combined with breakfast in a Chaweng hotel and the result is a late weather update. It's cloudy over Koh Samui with a nice and mild breeze. This afternoon it should clear up again and turn sunny. Current temp at 11am is 29.8C
A group of statues at Big Buddha. Somebody is threatening the life of the monk and a lady makes water out of her hair, thus protecting the monk.
Yesterday saw a cloudy start of the day with the sun vaporizing the cloud cover in the afternoon making it a nice and sunny afternoon. The daily evening shower was very early yesterday, at 7pm but it was a very short one. Max temp reached 33C
The forecast for the next ten days is predicting sunnier skies as of tomorrow with an occasional shower, most likely during the evening.
It's cloudy this morning around Koh Samui and we're already closing in on 11am and it may well remain cloudy like this. The late update is because of a morning run with a visiting friend around Chaweng and two sets of breakfast after the run! Current temp at 11am is 30.3C
The beach at Fair House in Chaweng this morning around 8am
Yesterday saw a slow and fairly cloudy start of the day but after noon the clouds moved on it became nice and sunny. Around 9pm some parts of island had a drizzle, other parts had hard rain and where we live it remained dry! Max temp reached 33C
The forecast a mixed bag until Tuesday and sunny skies from Wednesday onward.
It's cloudy this morning over Koh Samui with hardly any blue spots in sight, although the predictions tell us that the sun may not break through today, in real life the sun is working hard to dissolve the clouds. Current temp at 7am is 25.6C
A sunny afternoon indeed yesterday, with proof at Big Buddha
Yesterday started out cloudy, but not as cloudy as today's morning but soon it cleared up and we had perfect blue skies pretty much all day long. Max temp reached 33C
The forecast is looking good for the next days, a mix of partially cloudy to sunny days until Tuesday and full on sunny skies from Wednesday onward.
It's the first day of a new month and time to welcome to October 2015 on the Koh Samui info and weather blog.
The weather during October can swing both ways, the rainy season is due next month in November, so towards the end of this month it may start to get wet but last year the beginning of October was already fairly wet.
The first couple of days look promising though, with plenty of blue skies and sunshine being predicted during cooler days, it doesn't get as hot anymore, which I actually enjoy.
A rather surprising addition to Chaweng's nightlife; Hard Rock Cafe (in December this year) and Hooters (next year) are coming to Samui soon
There are a few activities and events during this month as well, for starters the 2nd Mad Hatter run at Phru Chaweng come 11th October. Later this month there will also be the yearly Rua Chak Phra event which ic well worth checking if you find yourself on Koh Samui during that time frame.
There's a fairly thick cloud layer this morning over Koh Samui with just very few blue spots in it and it looks like the clouds may stick around today with some more open sky during the late afternoon. Current temp at 7am is 25.6C
The entrance to Wat Maenam or Maenam Temple in Soi 4 or Wat Phu Khao Thong
Yesterday saw a nice day, with plenty of sunshine without it being too hot. That was until 8pm when it started to rain really hard for almost an hour and a half non stop, a very wet ending of the month September. Max reached 33C
The forecast predict mostly blue(-ish) skies for the next ten days so go out and enjoy.
It's time to say 'Goodbye to September 2015' and let's immediately discuss the weather during this month; It wasn't great. Especially the beginning of the month saw a some rainy and windy days, with the wind being so forceful that small boat traffic for diving and snorkeling was cancelled for a few days.
Luckily the end of the month was better and we had a few nice and sunny days, although an occasional tropical shower was sometimes part of this as well.
For September in general I would expect better weather though, so at best it was a mediocre September for Koh Samui standards.