Bizarre moment British tourist clinging to a buoy two miles off the Thai coast flags down a boat after ‘going for a morning swim’
- Video shows apparently intoxicated Briton clinging to yellow buoy off Thai coast
- Briton seen raising his thumb at passing boat before being rescued from buoy
This is the bizarre moment a British tourist who was clinging to a buoy two miles of the Thai coast flagged down a boat after he thought it would be a ‘good idea’ to go for a morning swim.
Video shows the apparently intoxicated holidaymaker standing on the yellow float in his swimming shorts near the party city of Pattaya at around 7am on March 29.
The Briton is seen smiling and did not seem to be in distress as he raised his thumb and waved at the passing boat in an effort to catch a ride.
The tourist, who did not give is name, wobbled slightly as he launched himself off the buoy to swim to the boat.
Video shows him clambering onto the boat and staggering on the deck while trying to catch his breath.
This is the bizarre moment a British tourist who was clinging to a buoy two miles of the Thai coast flagged down a boat after he thought it would be a ‘good idea’ to go for a morning swim
Video shows him clambering onto the boat and staggering on the deck while trying to catch his breath
The Briton, who appeared unsteady on his feet, told the captain of the boat: ‘I wake up, I go ‘oh good idea for a swim’.’
‘I swim, swim, swim and then,’ the Brit said before stopping to catch his breath.
The holidaymaker then asked the captain of the boat: ‘You fish? You do tourists?’
Boat captain Charawat Rasrikrit said the young man was unhurt and he returned him back to his hotel on the beach.
Rasrikrit said: ‘I went to the temple early in the morning because it was a Buddhist holy day.
‘I drove my boat and did not expect to see tourist. He was waving at me and said he could not swim back.
‘Maybe the Buddha took me to that area of the sea to help him. It was a holiday, not many boats would pass by him if I didn’t come.
The boat captain added: ‘I see a lot of tourists get into trouble here. I thought that maybe he had been out partying the night before and was still in a good mood in the morning.
‘He was probably still a little bit drunk. A lot of tourists behave strangely when they come here.’
Boat captain Charawat Rasrikrit (pictured) said the young man was unhurt and he returned him back to his hotel on the beach
Pattaya on the east coast of Thailand is best known for its chaotic nightlife and round-the clock adult industry.
Military top brass from Bangkok have been trying for several years to clean up Pattaya, dubbed the ‘sex capital’ of the world.
They are battling to kick out badly behaving Brits and Aussies, and turn the region into a family-friendly resort to tap into lucrative family markets in China, India and Russia.
However, they face an uphill struggle against its entrenched 24-hour sex industry and endemic corruption that allows it to continue unabated.
The bars – many of which are run by British ex-pats and function as shop windows for prostitutes – along with massage parlours and street workers are also a lucrative part of the tourism industry.
Before the pandemic, the industry accounted for 21 percent of Thailand’s annual GDP, generating 1.8 trillion baht (52.3 billion USD) in revenue.