American man tragically drowns at Krabi island cave

Viking Cave in Krabi, photo by Trip Advisor.

Another drowning has struck one of Thailand‘s vacation paradises.

An American man tragically drowned in a cave near the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh in Thailand’s Krabi province. The 51 year old tourist drowned in front of the Viking Cave in a coral diving area on Tuesday, The Phuket Express reported last night.

A tour guide, whose identity was withheld, told police that the tourist was initially alive and was rushed to a local hospital after an emergency led to his drowning. Doctors and medics provided the man with CPR, but unfortunately, he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

According to the tour guide, the tourist was travelling with nine other friends. Koh Phi Phi Police are continuing their investigation to determine the exact cause of death and are collaborating with the American embassy and family members of the victim.

The man’s name is being withheld pending embassy and family notification.

Thailand’s tropical tourist areas are known for their stunning beauty, however, they’re often the sites of drowning incidents.

On March 19, a foreign tourist of unknown nationality tragically drowned at Pattaya Beach in Chon Buri province in eastern Thailand. Rescue workers found a Western male estimated to be between 55 and 60 years old lying on the beach unconscious. Lifeguards and rescue workers performed CPR on the tourist but sadly their efforts were unsuccessful.

On March 13, a Russian man drowned off an island in Krabi. The man had arrived in Krabi from Phuket with a tour guide over the weekend and joined a snorkelling activity at Monkey Bay on Phi Phi Don island. His body was later found floating in the sea, suspected to be a result of drowning.

On March 6, a 58 year old German man drowned at Koh Samui‘s Chaweng Beach. Bo Phut Police said the tourist had gone into the water with his girlfriend. When his girlfriend got out of the water, she could not find her boyfriend at the beach. A jet ski rider found the man’s body.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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