US Army Veteran Sacrifices Himself Saving Family From Phuket Rip Current

US Army Veteran Sacrifices Himself Saving Family From Phuket Rip Current
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A US Army vet­er­an has been hailed a hero after sac­ri­fic­ing him­self to save his fam­i­ly from a pow­er­ful rip cur­rent at Nai Harn Beach in Phuket, Thailand.

James Everett du Bois, 49, was enjoy­ing a Sun­day after­noon swim with his Thai wife, Siri­ar­morn Phetar­wut, 49, and their 3‑year-old son, Boon­pat, when tragedy struck. Around 4:50 pm, a strong cur­rent swept the fam­i­ly away from the shore. While Mrs. Phetar­wut man­aged to return to safe­ty, Mr. du Bois was trag­i­cal­ly pulled out to sea.

Despite exten­sive search efforts, Mr. du Bois’ body has not been recov­ered. Rawai May­or Arun Soros stat­ed, “The wife and boy are now safe, but the Amer­i­can man is still miss­ing. We are con­tin­u­ing to search for the man, but we believe he has drowned.”

A native of Shel­by, Ohio, Mr. du Bois served as a US Army Sup­ply Spe­cial­ist from 1996 to 2022. Described by friends and fam­i­ly as a devot­ed hus­band and father, Mr. du Bois was known for his active social media pres­ence, where he fre­quent­ly shared updates about his fam­i­ly, par­tic­u­lar­ly his son, whom he called his “joy, pride, moti­va­tion, best friend, and life.”

Impor­tance of Water Safety:

This heart­break­ing inci­dent serves as a stark reminder of the impor­tance of water safe­ty, espe­cial­ly dur­ing Thai­land’s mon­soon sea­son (June-Decem­ber) when strong winds and dan­ger­ous cur­rents are prevalent.

Nai Harn Beach had a yel­low flag warn­ing of poten­tial­ly haz­ardous swim­ming con­di­tions, while near­by beach­es dis­played red flags urg­ing swim­mers to stay out of the water entirely.

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