Chen Meng Yuan
Within only one weekend, two Chinese tourists have drowned on Koh Samet. The latest one was a 23-year-old woman.
After being notified of the death of a Chinese tourist at 10:30, Pol Maj Sombun Jitjamnong from Yoi Koh Samet Provincial Police Station was assigned to investigate the case. Lifeguards and rescue volunteers were also dispatched to the location.
When the officials arrived at Saikaew Beach in the northeast of the island, they noticed a group of people surrounding a young woman who was lying on the sand. The victim, 23-year-old Ms Chen Meng Yuan from China, was unresponsive, Pol Maj Sombun said in a press conference later.
A rescue volunteer performed CPR but had to give up after several minutes because her heart did not respond to the resuscitation attempt. Her body was then transported to Rayong Hospital for further examination.
Police questioned the still shocked friends of the deceased who said that the group had stayed at the Samed Green Inn hotel only about 180 metres from the beach where the incident had happened. While the group was swimming, they heard Ms Chen crying for help before she could not keep her head above the water any longer.
Other beachgoers who had witnessed the scene went into the water to look for her. After 20 minutes, her unconscious body was recovered and carried back to the beach where already arrived rescue volunteers performed CPR but eventually failed to save her life.
An early post-mortem report from Rayong Hospital confirmed that Ms Chen had died of oxygen deprivation caused by drowning. Her friends are now in the process of organising her transport back to her hometown in China.
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