A 19-year-old woman from the UK is the second tourist to drown on Koh Chang within the last 48 hours.
Pol Lt Ronarong Buayen, a police officer from Koh Chang Provincial Police Station who is investigating the case, said: “We received a report that a foreign tourist had drowned in front of the KC Grande Resort & Spa.”
When police and rescue volunteers arrived at the scene, they found Bryony Freestone, 19, lying unconscious on the beach. Rescue workers tried in vain to save her life as tourists gathered round the rescue scene. Ms Freestone was taken to the Clinic International Koh Chang, but was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.
Pol Lt Ronarong stated that Ms Freestone and her friends had been staying at a hotel on the west coast of the island. “While swimming, she was hit by a high wave which swept her under water for too long,” the report said. “Ms Freestone eventually lost consciousness and drowned.”
This drowning is the second to occur on Koh Chang within the last 48 hours. The previous incident in which a male German tourist drowned occurred only a few kilometres away. He had been trying to save his two children from being swept out to sea. Sadly, red flags were clearly visible at the time of both accidents. Red flags signify danger to potential swimmers indicating rough swells and strong currents and unexpected undercurrents.
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