British tourist dies of drowning in Phuket


PHUKET, Thailand – A British tourist died in an alleged drowning incident in Phuket Friday, April 21, Phuket News reported.

According to the report, the 37-year-old Briton whose name was withheld prior to notification of the family was found floating at the southern end of Patong Beach at around 10 a.m.

Witnesses told police authorities that at 8 a.m., the British national was walking along Patong Beach in what looked like a ‘drunken state’. The witnesses tried to dissuade him from going into the sea but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

After Phuket lifeguards’ efforts to find the man were unsuccessful,  a scuba diving team from the Kusoldham Rescue Foundation came to help check the area where the man was last seen. After about 20 minutes of searching, they discovered the man’s body floating about one to one-and-a-half metres below the surface, the report revealed.

Rescue workers attempted to save him but they failed, the report added.

Based on the police investigation, the British national whose body is held at Patong Hospital arrived in Phuket on April 15 and was scheduled to leave on April 22.

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Lorenzo is a full time English Language Teacher to high school students in Phitsanulok. He reads and travels for self-enrichment. He also writes at where he shares his struggles and joys of being a teacher in Thailand for almost a decade now.