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Body found in water off Patong

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Yesterday, a man’s body was found in the sea near Tri Trang Beach, a lesser-known beach between Patong and Paradise Beach, south of Patong. Patong Police are investigating the matter.

Rescue workers were called in around 3:40 pm to the Coral Beach Bridge at the southern tip of Patong beach. A local fisherman had reportedly hauled the unidentified corpse ashore. Upon inspection, that man was unconscious and without a pulse. CPR was administered and he was hurried to Patong hospital where he was declared dead.

According to rescue workers, that man had in his possession: a mobile phone, a Toyota car key, a box cutter, and a bottle of massage oil. Police have not been able to identify the man, but according to Thai media, Police think he is Thai. They did not provide an explanation for how they reached their supposition. A post moretem examination is underway and officers are continuing to investigate. Further details are unknown at this time.

While the cause of death is pending, it is noteworthy that Thailand has previously struggled with drownings. 2 years ago, the Bangkok Post reported that death by drowning is twice as high for Thai Children compared to the world’s average.

SOURCE: The Phuket News Bangkok Post

 

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    Jason

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    I do hope that the fate of this man is determined by forensic analysis for the sake of his family. It does raise the issue of drowning (if that is determined as the cause of death. It could be the result of foul play). I have been to Thailand many times. I come from a country where children are taught to swim from a very young age. It’s seen as a duty of care for citizens. Thailand has so many seaside areas with it’s people close by. It’s incumbent on the Thai Government to arm its’citizens with the skills to mitigate the dangers of the sea. In my country, every community has a community swimming pool. Every school has a swimming pool to teach children how to swim and also educates adults to know what to do to resuscitate people. This should be a long term goal for the Thai Government.

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    Nigel

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    @Jason. A Good, logical, sensible, proactive, caring, obvious, and safe idea. So it won’t happen in the LOS

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    Maestro

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    @Nigel. Come on dude. Don’t be negative. Thailand is not a perfect country as I am sure the country where you came from is not perfect neither.

    Thailand is a country in development like your country was before. All we can do is to try to do our best to contribute in a positive way during our lifetime. Any positive action that we do makes a difference.

    @jason. Well said. I teach locals how to swim and farangs should do the same (if they can swim that is;-)

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 1:20 am

    “Every school has a swimming pool to teach children how to swim and also educates adults to know what to do to resuscitate people.”

    Sorry, @Jason, but while that’s Australia’s “long term goal” it’s simply not true and way off the reality.

    Queensland didn’t even have a government or state funded school swimming programme at all until late 2019, and Swim Australia estimate that at least 20% of Australian schoolchildren are unable to swim even 50 metres in a pool by the time they finish primary school / start high school.

    While I agree with the aim, like all these things they cost money and maintaining a swimming pool in many local schools would cost more than maintaining the entire school building.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 1:32 am

    “A Good, logical, sensible, proactive, caring, obvious, and safe idea”

    Agreed, @Nigel, if only it was true, and it’s disappointing the UK don’t aspire to it.

    According to the UK Amateur Swimming Association, 40% of schoolchildren in the UK have no access to any government funded swimming instruction or facilities, and a third of UK schoolchildren (and adults) are unable to swim even 25 metres in a pool.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 1:53 am

    “@Nigel. Come on dude. Don’t be negative.”

    You’re asking the impossible, @Maestro – it’s his hobby.

    “Thailand is a country in development …”

    Including swimming training / water safety – the numbers drowning every year have more than halved over the last ten years. That still leaves a long way to go, but it’s clear progress and commendable.

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    Sherlock Holmes

    Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 5:07 am

    “a mobile phone, a Toyota car key, a box cutter, and a bottle of massage oil.” Strange things to take for a swim. I’m going to guess he was not in the water for swimming.

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