Krabi authorities have confirmed the death of a 49-year-old tourist from Poland who drowned while swimming near Koh Phi Phi.
Police officers from Ao Nang Provincial Police Station, tourist police and Hat Nappharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park officials retrieved the lifeless body of Wojcicki Artur, 49. on Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities received the report of a missing tourist after Mr Artur’s wife and a close relative became worried when he hadn’t been seen for three to four hours.
The two women told police that all three of them had been swimming at Nopharat Thara Beach when they lost sight of Mr Artur. The trio, from Poland, were spending their holiday in a sea-view hotel close to Ao Nang Beach in Krabi province.
According to local police, Mr Artur entered the water at Nopharat Thara Beach about one kilometre from their hotel. He swam out into the open sea in the direction of Koh Phi Phi, some 30 kilometres south of the beach.
After reporting his disappearance, the two women went to look for Mr Artur, accompanied by national park officials and local rescue workers. Some time later, they found the body floating with his face down. Police pronounced him dead at the scene. In tears, Mr Artur’s wife watched rescuers recovering her husband’s lifeless body from the sea.
Police pre-suppose that a pre-existing medical condition may have caused Mr Artur to suddenly lose consciousness while swimming. His body was sent to a hospital on the Krabi mainland for further medical examination.
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