Doctors are still trying to determine the cause of death of an elderly Russian man. The 61-year-old tourist had died on Sunday after losing consciousness during a stroll down the beach on Hong Island in Krabi province.
The incident has been officially confirmed by Wirasak Sisatjang, Chief of Than Bok Khorani National Park. “I was notified at around 13:00 about a Russian tourist who was in a life-threatening condition,” Mr Wirasak said. “At that time, he was still on Koh Hong where tourists and park officers tried to keep him alive by performing CPR>.”
Park officials immediately dispatched a speedboat to bring the man to Koh Kwang, a small island 15 kilometres east and only 150 metres to Krabi mainland. While he was rushed to the island, tourists and park officers took turns to continue CPR until their arrival.
An ambulance from Krabi Hospital awaited the team near the Sofitel hotel on the mainland and quickly rushed the still unconscious man to the hospital as soon as the speedboat arrived. However, even though medical professionals continued to treat him on the way to the hospital, doctors had to pronounce him dead upon their arrival at the emergency room at about 14:30.
Soon after his death, National Park Chief Mr Wirasak revealed the man’s identity. “His name was Alexander Shikonenko, 61 years old, and from Russia,” Mr Wirasak told local media. “He had been in Thailand for a vacation.”
According to him, Mr Shikonenko had been on the island with his wife as part of a group tour which started at Phuket. “His wife told us that he was strolling down the beach on Koh Hong and suddenly lost consciousness.” When she realised that his heart and breathing had stopped, too, park officials and members of the group immediately started chest compressions to uphold the circulatory flow.
Doctors at Krabi Hospital have yet to determine the official cause of death but believe Mr Shikonenko’s death might have been related to a heart issue such as a sudden cardiac arrest or a heart attack, both not uncommon> for persons at this age.
The tourist centre in Krabi has already contacted the Russian Embassy, Mr Wirasak said. “Embassy staff will now contact his relatives and assist in organising the repatriation of the body back to Russia.”
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