German man drowns at Koh Samui beach

German man drowned in Koh Samui, photo by The Phuket Express.

There’s been another tragic drowning at one of Thailand’s holiday paradises, this time the island of Koh Samui.

A 58 year old German man drowned at Koh Samui‘s Chaweng Beach on Monday. Bo Phut Police said the tourist had gone into the water with his girlfriend. When his girlfriend got out of the water, she could not find her boyfriend at the beach.

A jet ski rider found the man’s body. Police were notified of the incident and arrived on the beach along with emergency responders.

The emergency responders tried to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful since the man had been dead for some time.

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The Phuket Express withheld the man’s name, pending embassy and family notification.

This news comes after another tragic drowning at one of Thailand’s popular vacation spots just last week.

On February 28, a Taiwanese tourist drowned while snorkelling off an island in Thailand’s Krabi province. The tourist, 36 year old Yueh Lee, had been snorkelling off the island of Koh Hong.

The unidentified friend said they had been looking at coral reefs. Lifeguards then noticed that Yueh had been lying face down in the water for too long. The lifeguards rushed to help bring Yueh to shore, realising that he was unconscious.

The lifeguards performed CPR until Yueh regained consciousness. They rushed him to Krabi hospital, however, he ended up dying from choking on water and lacking oxygen for too long.

In November last year, a Russian tourist drowned while swimming at Karon Beach on the west coast of Phuket. An eyewitness said he saw the 45 year old man swimming in the sea when he suddenly disappeared under the water. A beachgoer informed the lifeguards who dived in and brought him to shore. An ambulance took him to Chalong Hospital, and he was given CPR for the whole journey. However, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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