PATONG: A British tourist drowned on Saturday at Laem Sing beach, Kamala. Police named him as Stephen Guy Douglas Desborough, aged 41. Police said that he was swimming alone while his Thai girlfriend stayed on the beach reading the newspaper. She told them that he was a good swimmer, and often swam at Kamala beach, especially when there were big waves, because it was fun. A number of people had warned him not to swim because of the heavy waves that day, but he had answered that he would not go out far. After he had been in the water for about 20 minutes, his girlfriend looked up from her newspaper and could not see him. A search finally located him, but it proved impossible to revive him. He is the seventh tourist to drown in Phuket’s waters this year.
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