Six days after his disappearance, fishermen found the body of a young tourist floating in the Gulf of Thailand near Koh Tao.
The tourist, who was identified as 18-year-old Chen Wentuk from China, was reported missing on May 18 after he failed to return from a 30-minutes jet ski ride. Soon afterwards, the owner of the jet ski sent some of his staff to search for him, but they found no trace of him or the missing vessel. The incident was reported to the authorities on Thursday evening.
According to ThaiPBS, marine police launched an extensive search the following morning. More than 20 jet ski riders spent the day looking for Mr Wentuk in the area around Koh Samui and its neighbouring island of Koh Phangan.
In a public appeal for help, authorities released several stills of a CCTV recording that showed Mr Wentuk in front of the travel agency on Koh Samui where he had rented the jet ski. He was wearing a navy-blue T-shirt, shorts and black sandals.
On May 21, a fishing boat radioed the marine police and informed them that an unmanned jet ski had been seen drifting in the sea between the two islands. The exact location was said to be about seven nautical miles from Koh Phangan.
Two days later, another fishing boat found the body of an Asian male close to Koh Tao. However, the recovery team was unable to reach the body until the next day due to heavy rainstorms.
“We retrieved Mr Wentuk’s body at about 13:00 on Wednesday,” Koh Samui’s district chief Glanarong Yutitam announced. “We found him close to Samran Pinnacle south of Koh Tao.” Local authorities have already forwarded the information to the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok. They are expected to notify Mr Wentuk’s family back in China of the tragic news.
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