Russian tourist tragically drowns off Krabi island

Photo by The Phuket Express.

Another tourist has tragically drowned in Thailand. The 55 year old Russian man drowned off an island in Krabi, The Phuket Express reported on Monday.

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. An autopsy has been conducted to determine the cause of death, and his embassy has been notified.

The tourist’s name was not disclosed by Krabi officials.

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This news comes after two other foreigners drowned in Thailand’s vacation hotspots in recent weeks.

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. Emergency responders tried to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful since the man had been dead for some time.

On February 28, a Taiwanese tourist drowned while snorkelling off another Krabi island. The tourist, 36 year old Yueh Lee, had been snorkelling off the island of Koh Hong. An unidentified friend said they had been looking at coral reefs. Lifeguards then noticed that Yueh had been lying face down in the water for too long. The lifeguards rushed to help bring Yueh to shore, realising that he was unconscious.

The lifeguards performed CPR until Yueh regained consciousness. They rushed him to Krabi hospital, however, he ended up dying from choking on water and lacking oxygen for too long.

In November last year, a Russian tourist drowned while swimming at Karon Beach on the west coast of Phuket. An ambulance took him to Chalong Hospital, and he was given CPR for the whole journey. However, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

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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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