A cool-down in the swimming pool of a Phuket hotel ended deadly for a 73-year-old British tourist Brian Anning when he drowned Wednesday evening, Manager Online reported.
Pol Capt Chadri Chuwichian, a police officer from Karon Police Station, did not reveal the name of the hotel the incident had occurred but said it was well-known among tourists in Mueang Phuket district.
After being informed about the death of a foreigner by hotel staff at around 18:45, Pol Capt Chadri and an investigator from Karon Police Station made their way to the hotel. Paramedics from Wachira Phuket Hospital and volunteers of Phuket Ruamjai Rescue Foundation had also been dispatched.
When they arrived, authorities found the body of the man lying on the edge of the hotel one and a half metre deep swimming pool. Police identified the man who was only wearing shorts as Brian Anning, 73, from England.
A medical examination on the scene did not find any visible injuries or traces of violence on the body. Paramedics estimated Mr Anning had died around one hour ago.
While the body was being transported to Wachira Phuket Hospital to determine the cause of death, Pol Capt Chadri questioned the Mr Anning’s daughter with whom he bad been holidaying in Phuket. The two had checked into the hotel one day earlier and planned to return to England on April 26, she said.
To cool down from the extreme April heat, Mr Anning went for a swim in the pool of the hotel in the late afternoon. But at about 18:20 his daughter spotted him unconsciously floating in the water and jumped into the pool to keep his head above the surface.
Shortly after, hotel staff pulled Mr Anning out of the water and laid him on the brink of the pool. An ambulance from Wachira Phuket Hospital was called, but when it arrived, Mr Anning had already died.
His daughter also told police her father was suffering from several medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and a heart disease.
Since his chronic diabetes repeatedly caused an increment of his blood sugar levels which can lead to serious complications if untreated, Mr Anning had to inject himself insulin on a daily basis to lower the levels.
A medical examination revealed that Mr Anning’s blood sugar was below normal levels which may lead to loss of consciousness. Police investigators hence believe he became unconscious while in the water and subsequently drowned.
The verification of this theory will be part of the ongoing investigation. In the meantime, the police are going to notify the British embassy on Phuket about the case.
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