Tourists sit on the edge a swimming pool at the Phuket Orchid Resort and Spa hotel on Karon beach on the Thai resort island of Phuket on Feb 18, 2012 after more than 30 people were rushed to hospital earlier in the day after a chlorine leak at one of the hotel’s swimming pool. — PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) – More than 30 people, many of them foreign tourists, were rushed to hospital on Saturday on the Thai resort island of Phuket after a chlorine leak at a hotel swimming pool, local officials said.

The accident occurred shortly after 10am (11am Singapore time) at the Phuket Orchid Resort and Spa hotel on Karon beach, according to chief investigator Lieutenant Colonel Chavalit Pethsripia.

He said more than 30 people suffered minor injuries, none of them serious, after they were exposed to an unhealthily high level of chlorine in the pool.

The leak caused skin irritation and sore eyes, according to director Phumin Silapan at the local Patong hospital.

AFP

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