Yula Suwan, 20, from Chiang Rai slipped off the rocks at Phuket’s iconic peninsula while trying to take photos with a friend.
Miss Yula repeatedly tried to swim back to land, but the waves at Phuket’s southernmost tip, where the waters of Phang Nga Bay meet the Andaman Sea, proved too strong – all while sightseers looked on helplessly.
Lifeguards sent a jet-ski from Kata beach because the woman was in a position where it was difficult to reach her from the base of the cliff.
Rescue workers arrived on a speedboat. It took almost 20 minutes before they could get her out of the water, but she was already exhausted and the waves had battered her against the rocks
After being transferred by ambulance to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City, the woman unfortunately passed away.