Here's a picture of Phuket Island I found from here.A BRITISH tourist has died after giant waves dragged him out to sea off the coast of Thailand.The man became the third holidaymaker in two days to die off the island of Phuket.
James Henry Paton, 21, drowned when a freak wave, which police described as three metres high, trapped him, his girlfriend and two other Britons, and took them out to sea on Saturday.
Two British men and Mr Paton's 21-year-old girlfriend, who is four months pregnant, were rescued but Mr Paton's body was found a kilometre off shore.
A day earlier a Frenchman and his Thai girlfriend died in the same way. And two days before, an Australian family was rescued.
Police say there were red flags up along Karon beach warning tourists not to swim.
Police Colonel Chanat Sutima said: "It is dangerous to go swimming in the rainy season because of the undertows, but many tourists do not realise that."
It is really rather hard to imagine that a peaceful place like this can have fatal freaque waves. Of course its the responsibility of the tourist to heed local advice or warnings. Waves of 3 m high are not necessarily considered as giant waves in general, but they can certainly cause tragedy to happen nevertheless. Here, again, reiterates the difficulty of defining a freaque wave. Nobody doubt the freaqueness of a 3 m high wave when tragedy occurred, but a recorded over 30 m high waves that does not cause any mishap because there was no one around usually will raise question on whether or not it really did happened. So's the age old question on tree falls in the forest when no one around, did it really made a sound?