2 tourists die in swimming accidents at Thai island of Samui

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BANGKOK (AP) — Two foreign tourists, from China and Australia, died Saturday in separate swimming accidents at the southern Thai resort island of Koh Samui, police said.

Police Lt. Col. Apichart Jansamret said the two died while swimming off Chaweng beach during high tide. Two other people were injured.

He said there were "no swimming" signs and red flags in place to warn tourists about the dangers of swimming there. Apichart said that the sea at the beach looks misleadingly calm as a pond, but that it is easy to fall into deep water.

"The tourists must have thought they could manage it and that it's similar to their country, but that's the problem," he said.

Samui is a popular destination for foreign tourists in Thailand, which last year hosted a record-high 29 million visitors.

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