Police in Phuket have confirmed the drowning of an elderly Kuwaiti tourist at the popular Patong Beach in Phuket.
Officers from Patong Provincial Police Station received a report of the drowning of an elderly tourist at Patong Beach near Loma Park at about 16:30.
Pol Lt Yingyong Chuaigit arrived with Kusoldharm rescue workers to find onlookers gathered around as lifeguards administered CPR to an unconscious man, later identified as Abdullah Almusawi, 71, from Kuwait.
Mr Abdullah was rushed to Patong Hospital, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Pol Lt Yingyong said that, according to witnesses, Mr Almusawi had been staying in a hotel in Patong with his wife and children for nearly two months. “The man had a disabled arm,” he said. “People at the beach told us that he loved to swim and came to the beach every day with his family.”
“They said that Mr Abdullah went into the water alone and ignored the red flags in the area,”Pol Lt Yingyong continued to reveal the information gathered. “When they saw him struggling in the water, they shouted for help. A group of people went out to help him and carry him out of the water.”
Police said that Mr Abdullah’s family was not with him at the time of the incident. However, they arrived shortly after seeing a group of people gathering around an unconscious man on the beach, only to find out that it was their father.
Mr Almusawi’s family now has the tragic task of organising the transport of their dead husband and father back to Kuwait. Authorities have informed the Kuwaiti Embassy of the death.
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