The man was later identified by tourist police as Zhu Kai from Tianjin, China. Mr Zhu was travelling alone. He bought a one day trip to Racha Yai Island.
A tour guide told police that after they arrived at Koh Racha they led tourists play on the beach after the tour guide had given advice about water safety. Mr Zhu went swimming but then disappeared.
Tour guides helped to find him and then brought pulled him from the water. Tour guides helped to provide emergency first aid but he was later pronounced dead.
His body was transported to the Vachira Phuket Hospital for an autopsy whilst Tourist Police contacted the Chinese Consul General.
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