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28 year old Australian man found dead near Krabi island last week

Thai police are investigating the death of a 28 year old Australian man who was found dead last week by Koh Pu, a small island in Krabi near Koh Lanta.

Robert Wojcik, a Sydney native who had lived in Thailand since late 2019 working as a divemaster, took his boat out on June 1. When he did not come home that night, his girlfriend asked a fisherman to search for him. His body was found the next day.

A post shared on a Facebook page for Phuket expats said the keys to the boat were still in the ignition and his phone and wallet were also onboard. Robert’s iPad was the only item missing from the boat. He had used it to speak to his father at around 9:30pm. Officer Taweelarb Suwannarerksuspect says police suspect he fell overboard.

“We have taken the boat to the shore for gathering evidence. We are still waiting for the autopsy result but initial investigations showed that he fell while sailing.”

Thailand’s Department of Foreign Affairs is now working with the family to provide consular assistance, but didn’t not release any additional information due to the “privacy obligations.”

On the Facebook group page, one person wrote. “My condolences to the family and friends. He was a great human, talented sailor and generally an all rounder. Such sad news.”

SOURCES: Daily Mail| The Sun

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

14 Comments

  1. Very sad to hear of this. A man obviously doing what he was passionate about and “Living the dream” in such a beautiful part of the world. He is not a novice. He has serious experience in what to do in the sea. He would have been very skilled in water safety to do what he was doing. I can only think it may have been a rogue wave or a rogue sudden wind gust (or a combination of both) that saw him go overboard. If it was unexpected, he would not have been wearing a life jacket. If the boat then sailed on, on it’s set course, he would be alone in the sea and desperately trying to keep afloat. Sadly, he wouldn’t have had any way to signal his distress. My condolences to his girlfriend and family.I hope the investigation brings some answers for his family.

  2. The majority of drowning victims are male, drunk and are recovered with their dick hanging out through an open zipper. Having been a sailor I can attest to witnessing the mysterious and deadly nature of the ocean. And, if you happen to accidentally fall overboard in an invisible current…your boat can outpace you before you can react. This poor lad could have been thrown into the water hundreds of ways….R.I.P.

  3. AS I wrote before. A man should be very careful when they are in their twenties.
    This is the age when they think they are invincible.
    And so they die at a greater rate than after thirty.

  4. @Dave the wave – No, they would have also taken his craft.. like Valentich out of Melbourne WITH his Cessna. Search ”Disappearance of Frederick Valentich – Wikipedia”. Careful with the alien jokes.

  5. @Dave the wave – @Dave the wave – No, they would have also taken his craft.. like Valentich out of Melbourne with TTThhis Cessna. Search ”Disappearance of Frederick Valentich – Wikipedia”. Careful with the alien jokes.

  6. Amusing comments. And then along comes the “Aliens”. LOL.
    JWest’s comment is realistic. If you’ve ever tried to take a whiz from a small craft in even modest sea state, you’ll know.
    The 2 source articles provide a few small details omitted here.
    Need to overlay the marine weather report on the day as well.
    Autopsy may provide details family and friends don’t want to hear.

    Poor fella. Way too young. 🙁

  7. Sure anything could of happened and falling overboard is one. That is why one should wear a “lifeline” while sailing single handed! However “falling overboard with your Ipad”? Hmm….
    Probably the most valuable single small item on the boat! Don’t know how professional Thai police is but I have to guess that because it was a “fereng” they won’t put too much time in to the investigation!

  8. Darwin at work. Never go into the water alone or out on the water in a boat alone. Don’t they teach the “buddy system” in dive training? It’s applicable to most things involving the water ecosystem. RIP young fella.

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