PHUKET: The drowning of a 9-year-old boy at Karon Beach over the weekend has sparked a warning from Phuket lifeguards for parents to never leave children unwatched at the beach.

“Children should never be left unattended near the surf, even if no red flags have been posted to mark it as a dangerous area to swim,” Kata-Karon chief lifeguard Uten Singsom told the Phuket Gazette.

“Right now, there are a lot of tourists at Karon and Kata beaches, which makes it difficult for us to keep an eye on children swimming among them in the surf,” Mr Uten said.