Krabi authorities have confirmed the death of a 49-year-old tourist from Poland. He reportedly 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 two women, Mr Artur’s wife and a relative, became worried when Mr Artur did not return to the beach. Mr Artur had not been seen for three to four hours.
The two tourists told police that the three had been swimming at Nopharat Thara Beach when they lost sight of Mr Artur. The tourists, who came from Poland and were spending their holiday in Thailand’s south, stayed 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. They found the body floating in the water with his face down. In tears, Mr Artur’s wife watched rescuers recovering the man who had already stopped breathing, police said.
Police assume a pre-existing medical condition could have caused Mr Artur to lose consciousness while in the water. The body was sent to a hospital on Krabi mainland for further medical examination.
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