Jeng Xu

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Two Chinse tourists were involved in a swimming accident at Sai Gaew Beach on Koh Samet. One of them died.

The unconscious body of Jeng Xu, 63, was lying on the beach when police and rescue workers arrived on the scene, Pol Maj Wirad Yodsao from Phe Provincial Police Station said. After several resuscitation attempts, Ms Xu was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Suti Sangsuwan, head of the local rescue foundation, said the two women had been swimming in the safe-zone, an area where they could walk upright. But when the friends reached the end of the zone, the sea floor suddenly seemed to fall away and the tourists found themselves struggling to stay afloat.

Ms Xu and her friend held on to a nearby buoy, but could not always keep their heads above the water. Ms Xu eventually lost consciousness.

An unknown beachgoer, who realised that the two women were in distress, went to their rescue. However, after pulling them both out of the water, discovered that Ms Xu was unconscious.

Ahmed Mohamed Ali

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A Somalian man experiencing a heart attack on an Emirates flight to Kuala Lumpur forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Phuket. The passenger was later pronounced dead.

Emirates flight EK 346 departed Dubai International Airport at 04:10 on Wednesday morning. It was scheduled to land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 15:15 the same day.

About 5 hours and 30 minutes into the flight, members of the cabin crew informed the pilots that a 39-year-old male passenger from Somalia, Ahmed Mohamed Ali, had been complaining about chest pain and appeared to be unconscious. The flight, which was located around 210 kilometres north of the Indonesian island Sumatra, was immediately diverted to Phuket International Airport.

When the Boeing 777-300ER landed on the tarmac, emergency physicians at the airport helped carry Mr Ali off the plane and administered first-aid before rushing him to Thalang Hospital, 10 kilometres away.Unfortunately, hospital doctors were unable to save the man’s life. He was pronounced dead at 17:00 on Wednesday afternoon.

Unfortunately, hospital doctors were unable to save the man’s life. He was pronounced dead at 17:00 on Wednesday afternoon.

Investigator Pol Lt Sunan Petnu from the Thalang Provincial Police Station confirmed the death adding that Mr Ali had most likely died of a heart attack. His visit to Malaysia’s capital was for cancer treatment.

The flight later resumed and arrived at its destination at 14:37.

Horst Holger Schilling

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A German foreigner was killed by electrocution early on Saturday morning when he fell into his own swimming pool.

Investigating officer Pol Capt Suranan Mitrap from Hua Hin Provincial Police Station told Daily News that the incident had taken place at a house in Prachuap Khiri Kan’s Tha Tai subdistrict. The house, located on 198/9 Ratchagan 7 Rd near ‘The Emerald’ gated community, belongs to a 66-year-old foreigner from Germany named Horst Holger Schilling.

When police and rescue workers arrived, they found the lifeless body of Mr Schilling floating face-up in his swimming pool at the back of his property. He was wearing black shorts and no top. Police did not find any signs of violence on the scene or the body, Pol Capt Suranan confirmed.

On the ground of the pool, police found a shrub planter which had fallen into the water. A yellow hanging light, discovered dangling in the water nearby, was still connected to a live power socket. Police were obliged to turn off the electricity supply to the building before they could recover the body safely.

“We have CCTV footage from the area showing Mr Schilling standing on the edge of the pool,” Pol Capt Suranan said. “At one point, he slipped and fell into the pool while trying to hold on to the shrub to which the hanging light was attached.” Police surmise that when the light fell in the water, it triggered a short-circuit that instantly electrocuting Mr Schilling.

Police did not comment on whether or not Mr Schilling had been intoxicated at the time of the incident. As with all foreign deaths, a post-mortem examination, conducted at Hua Hin Hospital, will determine the cause of death to be entered on to the death certificate.

Unnamed male

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A middle-aged Norwegian man was pronounced dead on Friday morning. He had drowned while swimming in the Andaman Sea.

The accident occurred in Phang Nga province at 9:30 in the morning. The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet reported that Norway’s Foreign Ministry has already confirmed the death.

According to an eyewitness, the 40-year-old man, who was not named in the report, was recovered from the water in an unconscious state. Immediate resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful: the man was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Unnamed Chinese

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A Chinese tourist has drowned while swimming in the sea near an island in the Tarutao National Marine Park on Thursday afternoon.

The 47-year-old man, whose name was withheld pending notification of his relatives, was swimming between Koh Ro Kloi and Koh Kin Sorn, about 90 kilometres off Satun mainland. The islands are part of the marine park in Satun’s Koh Sarai subdistrict.

Despite wearing a life vest, friends noticed he had been floating face-up for an unusual length of time. Thinking he was in trouble, several friends swam over to help him and found him unconscious. They called the local marine police who rushed him to Satun Hospital. Sadly, he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Pol Lt Col Charnwit Srirai, Chief of Koh Lipe police in Muang district, said the incident was reported about 13:00 on Friday. The dead man had arrived in the area with six friends on Thursday, he said.

Victor George Alberts

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An Australian national died when his car collided with a pickup truck and plunged down a roadside embankment.

Ho Kham Provincial Police Station was notified of a road accident involving four people, including a foreigner, on Thursday morning. Pol Capt Sanuton Namo took over the investigation. The crash occurred between kilometre 20 and 21 on Chayangkul Rd or Highway 212 in Bueng Kan’s Khai Si subdistrict.

When police and rescue workers arrived, they found a yellow Mitsubishi pickup truck with a severely damaged front end on the side of the road. Neither the driver of this vehicle nor his two passengers sustained any major injuries as a result of the crash.

However, police found a second car a good 20 metres down a slope by the roadside. The left side of the white Honda City (Bangkok license plate 1กค 9425) had been wrecked: the front end and back door had completely caved in.

In the passenger seat, police found the lifeless body of Victor George Alberts, a 55-year-old Australian. “Mr Alberts was still strapped in by his seatbelt, but had sustained severe injuries to his head and face,” said Pol Capt Sanuton describing the condition in which rescue workers had found the deceased.

Police interviewed residents who had witnessed the accident. According to them, Mr Albert’s car was coming from the west at high speed. Just before a small bridge, he overtook a scooter, driving in the lane with oncoming traffic.

“The accident occurred on a bend in the road,” Pol Capt Sanuton said. The yellow pickup truck, which was coming from the other direction, was unable to swerve away from Mr Albert in time and ended up slamming into the passenger side of his car.

A forensic examination at Bueng Kan Hospital has been scheduled to confirm the official cause of death. Police have notified the Australian Embassy so that they can forward the tragic news to his relatives. Mr Alberts is survived by his wife and his brother.

Anton Khokhlov

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A wet road on the island of Koh Samui proved deadly for a Russian driver when he fell off his scooter and was subsequently run over by a truck.

Bo Phut Provincial Police Station was notified of the horrific accident at 14:30 on Wednesday afternoon*. Pol Capt Sirichai Gamuni was assigned to the case and, together with rescue volunteers and emergency physicians, quickly made his way to the scene.

The crash took place on Koh Samui’s ring road (Highway 4169) in Moo 4 Maret subdistrict, approximately 50 metres north of The Cliff. Describing the accident scene he came upon, Pol Capt Sirichai said, “The street had been made slippery from the rain. A white delivery truck was parked on one side of the road.”

The body of the victim was found entangled beneath the front wheels of the truck. He was later identified as Anton Khokhlov, 32. Police confirmed he had died on the spot and that his scooter, a rented Honda PCX 150 with the number plate 1 กญ 6692 Surat Thani, had barrelled into a traffic barrier during the accident.

Officers talked to Mahama Uma, the 32-year-old driver of the white Chevrolet truck (ผก 1394 Surat Thani). He said he had been delivering food to a beach-side restaurant close to where the accident happened.

When he reached the curve, he briefly saw Mr Khokhlov’s scooter crossing into his lane from the opposite direction before crashing into his truck. “I hit the breaks, but there wasn’t enough time to stop,” Mr Mahama told the police. Mr Khokhlov’s body was thrown under the truck and ended up stuck between the wheels.

Authors of the English-Russian website Thaipoo.com talked to representatives of ThaiMoto, the company which had rented Mr Khokhlov the scooter. According to them, he had rented the vehicle on November 13. Mr Khokhlov’s social media profile indicated that he had arrived on the island the very same day.

Pol Capt Sirichai is now going to interview eyewitnesses to establish if the accident happened the way Mr Mahama described it. To date, no charges have been filed against the driver.

* Note: Thaipoo.com reported that the crash took place at 11:30.

Sergei Gorin

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Police have yet to decide whether to charge a French national responsible for a fatal motorbike accident in Patong on Wednesday afternoon that killed 32-year-old Russian national, Sergei Gorin.

The Frenchman suffered only minor injuries, but Mr Gorin, who was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital, was pronounced dead at 21:40 the same day. “I was informed of the incident at 14:00,” Pol Maj Teerasak Boonseng of the Patong Police told The Phuket News. The accident occurred in front of the Phuket Palace Resort, on the Sirirat Rd from Patong to Karon, he added.

Maj Teerasak refused to reveal the Frenchman’s name or any details of the accident. He also refused to comment on whether the police intended to test him and the deceased for traces of drugs or alcohol.

“We have not charged the Frenchman yet,”Maj Teerasak said. “We want to collect more information. The accident is still under investigation.”

The Phuket News has confirmed that the Russian Embassy has been notified of Mr Gorin’s death and is in the process of contacting his next of kin.

Li Jueng Gang

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A brawl in Bangkok’s Huai Khwang district early Wednesday morning ended deadly for an elderly Chinese man. He had been tied up and ended up suffocated during his struggle to free himself.

The body of Li Jueng Gang, 61, was found beside an electric pole in front of 625/2 Pracha Rat Bamphen Rd at about 5:00. He was wearing an inside-out white and green striped T-shirt and blue underpants. His brown trousers were found nearby.

The face of Mr Gang showed several bruises while the arms and legs bore traces of having been tied up. According to Khiaw Wadee, a 28-year-old Laotian worker at a local cooking gas shop, the Chinese man entered a second-floor room where he and three other Lao workers were staying. The man shouted at them repeatedly. In the end, Mr Wadee and his roommates forced him out of the room.

He alleges that the Chinese man then took off his trousers, re-entered the room and punched him in the face. At this stage, the Lao workers turned on the Chinese man, tied him to the electric pole at the top of a nearby alley and called authorities.

Mr Khiaw said officials arrived to see the Chinese man struggling to free himself and then passing out. The man died before an ambulance arrived.

Pol Col Termphao Siriphubal, Chief of the Sutthisan police station, said they would question the four Laotian workers and look into the profile of the Chinese man amongst local Chinese associations and the Chinese Embassy.

Paul Herrmann

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Police are investigating the death of a German man whose body was found on Monday afternoon in his Kamala hotel room where Police also found a dozen empty antidepressant blister packs.

Kamala Police responded to a call from staff at the Kamala Beach Resort about 14:00 that afternoon. They discovered the body of the German national, Paul Herrmann, 48, lying face-up on the bed dressed in shorts and a T-shirt.

Investigating officer Pol Lt Somnuek Damkaew said there were no signs of a struggle in the room. It is believed the man had died around 4 hours before his body was discovered. On the desk in the hotel room, police found eleven used 10-pill strips of Quetiapine, an antidepressant mainly prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

They also found several identification cards, 270 euros, 2840 baht, a pair of glasses, keys, a mobile phone together with air tickets showing that Mr Herrmann had entered Thailand on November 3. He was due to check out of the hotel and fly back to Frankfurt on November 16.

The chamber maid told police she routinely cleaned Mr Herrmann’s room every day and he had always let her in when she visited around 9:30 each morning. However, on that fateful morning when she knocked on his door, he shouted something in what she believed was German, and did not open the door.

“The maid returned and, again, received no response. After letting herself into the room about 12:30 to clean it, she found Mr Herrmann’s body,” Pol Lt Somnuek said. “We don’t know yet why he died,” he added.

The body was taken to Patong Hospital to determine the cause of death. The German Embassy has been informed of the death, Pol Lt Somnuek confirmed.

Eliyahu Cohen

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The body of a former Israeli police chief was found encased in concrete in a house in Nonthaburi province on Saturday afternoon.

The ghoulish discovery came four days after Eliyahu Cohen, 63, was reported missing. Police said Mr Cohen had last been seen at his apartment at Thana City Hotel in Bangkok’s Bang Phlad district (Soi Jaransanitwong 40) on the evening of November 8.

On Friday, officials from the Israeli Embassy filed a report with the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok. Police soon turned the focus of their investigation to a person of interest called, Mr Biton, after they discovered that he had used Mr Cohen’s credit card to buy packs of mothballs, black plastic bags and razors at a department store in the Rattanathibet area. At a shopping mall in Chaeng Watthana, he also purchased a travel bag with the stolen credit card.

Mr Biton, also an Israeli national, was apprehended at his residence in the Pattrawan housing estate in Lahan subdistrict on Saturday where he had been living with his 17-year-old son for over a year, the Bangkok Post reported.

Initially, Mr Biton, denied any involvement in the disappearance of his friend. However, police noticed bloodstains on the hinge of his door and detected an unusual odour coming from inside his house. A closer inspection revealed freshly poured concrete near a bathroom under the stairs.

When police broke up the concrete, they found the body of the missing Eliyahu Cohen. His dismembered body parts had been wrapped in two black plastic bags. Mr Biton later confessed to having killed his friend in a fit of jealousy on Tuesday after learning that Mr Cohen had had an affair with his girlfriend.

The Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post wrote in an article that Mr Biton “is known to be related to drug smuggling, and had been charged in the past with trying to conceal the body of another murdered Israeli in Thailand.”

According to the report, Mr Cohen was sentenced to life in prison by a Thai court in 2004 for murdering his ex-wife but was granted a royal pardon in 2012. He is, once again, facing murder charges. This time for the murder of his friend. Mr Biton is currently being held in police custody at the Bang Bua Thong Police Sation.

Philip Andrew Foley

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A scooter rider was crushed to death by an oncoming train as he was attempting to cross a bumpy railway line in Prachuap Khiri Khan province on Friday evening.

Pol Capt Natpong Ad-am from Pranburi Provincial Police Station was notified of the incident and arrived at the site around 18:30 that evening. “When we arrived, a cluster of people had gathered around the scene,” he said, adding that some of them were using the light from their mobile phones to get to the site of the accident.

On the tracks stood the halted train which had been involved in the accident. Only minutes earlier, train no. 251 from Thonburi to Prachuap Khiri Khan had been on its way to Wang Pong Railway Station when it crashed into a scooter apprixmately 400 metres north of the station.

The 73-year-old scooter rider, Philip Andrew Foley from Ireland, died on the spot. His red Honda PCX, license plate 1 กฆ 922 in Prachuap Khiri Khan, was found two metres from the train. The impact of the train had catapulted body almost 50 metres onto the surrounding grassland.

Pol Capt Natpong questioned the driver of the train who explained that the accident had happened at a small railway crossing around three kilometres north of Wang Pong Railway Station. According to his statement, as the driver approached the crossing, he saw Mr Foley fall off his scooter and onto the tracks.

Due to the speed of the train, there was not enough time for him to stop, said Pol Capt Natpong. Despite repeated horn warnings, the inevitable happened: the train collided with the scooter and Mr Foley, killing him instantly.

According to the investigation report, Mr Foley had been spending the day with his friends just three kilometres from the scene of the accident. While taking a shortcut on his way back home, Mr Foley had come upon the railway crossing which had recently been reconstructed with a concrete surface. He fell off his scooter a he was crossing the tracks was unable to get out of the way of an oncoming train in time.

Jean-François Degenne

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Patong police are investigating the death of an elderly French man who was found with his throat slashed inside his hotel room on Wednesday evening.

Pol Capt Sirinat Chuetchutraguntong, a deputy investigator at Patong Provincial Police Station, was informed of the incident on Wednesday night at 21:30 (at 20:45 according to an alternative source).

Shortly afterwards, officers and rescue workers made their way to the Delicious Residence which is a small hotel on Nanai Rd in Phuket’s Kathu district. Upon entering room no. 127, authorities found the body of Jean-François Degenne (name transliterated from Thai), aged 63, lying in a large pool of blood on the bathroom floor.

The blood, police quickly discovered, had been caused by a deep cut drawn from one side of the throat to the other. A blood-stained, 12 centimetre long kitchen knife was found next to the man’s body.

There were no indications that the hotel room had been ransacked. Instead, police found a mobile phone, a computer, a wallet and a credit card belonging to dead man.

Investigators were told the man had checked into the hotel alone on November 4 and was due to leave on November 30. A friend of the deceased told police that he knocked on his door at 9:30 that morning morning, but did not get any response.

The same friend returned to see his friend in the evening around 21:00 . When there was again no response, he became concerned and asked a member of staff to use the master key to open the door, Pol Capt Sirinat said.

Police speculated the Frenchman may have had personal problems which might have led him to commit suicide. The investigation is still ongoing; the body was sent to Patong Hospital for an autopsy.

Petr Agapov

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The Phuket Lifeguard Chief has informed The Phuket News that a Russian tourist, who was pulled out of the water unconscious at Bang Tao Beach on Monday afternoon, has died.

Lifeguards recovered Petr Agapov, 57, from the water at about 14:00, Phuket Lifeguard Chief Prathaiyuth Chuayuan said. “The man was unconscious when a lifeguard brought him onto the beach.”

Rescue workers administered CPR before transporting him to Thalang Hospital. He was later transported to Vachira Phuket Hospital where, at 19:00, Mr Agapov was pronounced deceased. Doctors at Vachira Hospital stated that the cause of death was drowning.

Mr Prathaiyuth explained that the waves in the area where Mr Agapov was recovered from the water were not overly dangerous. “But our lifeguards do not patrol that area near the southern end of the beach because the hotel in that location prefers to use its own staff to look after swimmers’ safety,” he said.

“When people noticed that Mr Agapov was in danger, our lifeguards had to be called in from further up the beach. It’s not far, but in emergencies, every second counts,” Mr Prathaiyuth said.

Mr Agapov was staying at that hotel referred to by Mr Prathaiyuth the report says. The Russian Embassy has been notified of the fatal accident.