January 14, 2017

Carl Magnus Philip Bergqvist

A hotel employee found the lifeless body of a 24-years-old Swedish man floating in the hotel pool. Police are now trying to find out what had caused the death.

The report came from an employee of a hotel on the island of Koh Chang in Trat province. “He had found the body and called rescue volunteers who then called us,” Pol Capt Uea-angun Gaeomueangglang from Koh Chang Provincial Police Station told Thairath.

When they arrived, police started their investigation into the case and quickly found that the deceased was a 24-years-old tourist from Sweden named Carl Magnus Philip Bergqvist. He had not been a guest at this hotel.

Pol Capt Uea-angun questioned the employee who had found the body. “At around midnight, I saw him with two or three other foreigners swimming in the pool. They all seemed quite drunk,” the employee, whose name was withheld by the police, said. “I decided not to go down.”

Some hours later, at 05:00 on Saturday morning, he decided to go to the pool area to check on them. “This is when I saw the body,” the employee sad. “He was floating face-down and wasn’t wearing a t-shirt.” With the help of another employee, he dragged the man out of the water but immediately realised that all help came too late. Mr Bergqvist was already dead.

Police briefly examined the body of the deceased and found no apparent injuries. They estimated he had been dead for around two to three hours. “We believe that Mr Bergqvist must have had a muscle cramp and subsequently died.”

Police are now going to question the friends of Mr Bergqvist who were with him on the night he died. According to a Facebook post, his friends had returned to their hotels while Mr Bergqvist decided to continue swimming alone.

Meanwhile, Koh Chang Hospital accepted the body and will perform an autopsy after the Swedish Embassy, and the relatives have been informed.

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Case Details

Source Thairath
Date of Death: January 14, 2017
Last Edited: 11 months ago
Age: 24 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Swedish
Cause of Death: Drowning
Province: Trat
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