Body found floating near Koh Samui, Thailand

Photo via Facebook

A dead body was found floating in the sea between Koh Samui on Koh Pha Ngan in Surat Thani province, southern Thailand, yesterday. The deceased appears to be a foreign woman, reports MGR Online.

Yesterday, the Facebook page “Chalerm Yord Phongsri” posted photos of a swollen body floating face down in the sea, wearing only underwear/swimwear, with the caption…

“I would like to inform the relevant authorities. [The corpse] was found in the middle of the sea… We were informed by boat operators. Location coordinates 9.643881,100.017902”

MGR Online reports that the corpse appears to belong to a foreign woman. However, the deceased is yet to be formally identified.

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After the news was posted on Facebook, Koh Samui Marine Police and officers from Koh Pha Ngan Police Station reported that they coordinated with rescue services to have the body retrieved from the sea.

Police said they were checking the coordinates to see whether the investigation into the death would fall under the jurisdiction of Koh Samui Police Station, Bo Phut Police Station, or Koh Pha Ngan Police Station.

MGR Online reports that foreign tourists first spotted the floating body while taking a speedboat from Koh Samui to Koh Tao. The boat operator then sent the photos to the Facebook page Chalerm Yord Phongsri and asked them to inform the relevant agencies.

Two weeks ago, the body of a fisherman was found in the wreckage of his submerged boat near Koh Samui following stormy seas and choppy conditions.

In February, a woman’s body was found floating in the waters of Koh Tao in Surat Thani province. The woman was discovered floating among 20 200-litre oil barrels around 12 nautical miles northwest of Koh Tao. Police believe the woman was aboard a cargo ship, named Chit Sin Ship, which capsized on its way from Koh Tao to Chumpon.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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