S'pore undergrads in Phuket accident: "That was the last photo we took of him"

S'pore undergrads in Phuket accident: "That was the last photo we took of him"

Two exchange students, reportedly from the National University of Singapore, were swept away by waves at Phuket. This left one of them injured, and the other is still missing.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, the mishap happened at around 5.30pm on Wednesday, at Promthep Cape.

The incident involved exchange students from China, Liu Shujian and Gao Yang, both 21, who were there on a trip with two other friends.

Liu had tried to grab Gao and pull him to safety, but he, too, was swept out to sea. Thankfully, he managed to make it back to shore, but Gao was not so lucky.

Gao Yang was described as adventurous, and a thrill-seeker by a university classmate, Yang Wei.

"That is why he has so many scars on his body," his friend said.

Lianhe Wanbao also found out that Gao is an only son, and search and rescue efforts on the Phuket island were ceased at 8pm on Wednesday due to strong winds and waves.

Rescuers started searching for the undergraduate again early on Thursday morning, but he has yet to be found.

Promthep Cape, where the accident happened, is said to be the best spot to watch the sunset.

A pair of sisters who were with the two youths also captured the last photograph of Gao before he was swept into the sea before their eyes.

It showed him posing by the shore, like cartoon character Popeye the sailor.

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