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    Police, Navy scour Phuket for missing female Russian tourist

    ANN/THE NATION THAILAND – Phuket officials and locals are searching for a 53-year-old Russian tourist who went missing in Thalang district three days ago.

    The search was triggered after friends of Elena Rusradchenko told tourist police that she had not returned to her room after visiting Naithon beach on Thursday.

    The friends said she had gone to the beach to swim at 10am but had not answered phone calls since then.

    The search team found Rusradchenko’s shoes and towel under a tree at Naithon beach but no other trace of the missing woman. Phuket governor Narong Woonciew said on Saturday that more than 100 government, police and Navy personnel are searching jungle, beaches and the sea.

    The land-based rescue team is searching the Thalang coast, including the area behind the hotel where the Russian was staying, Phuket Tourist Police superintendent Pichetpong Chaengkomkhai said.

    Meanwhile Navy and marine police searchers are using rubber dinghies and jet skis.

    Police suspect Rusradchenko went missing when heavy rain and strong waves hit Naichon beach at noon on Thursday, causing most tourists to return to their hotels.

    Search parties scour the beach. PHOTO: ANN/THE NATION THAILAND
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