Christoph Ralf Sigloch
A 55 year old German father drowned while trying to save his two sons at a beach in Koh Chang. Both children survived.
Mr. Christoph Ralf Sigloch was rushed unconscious to the clinic in Koh Chang on Saturday afternoon and pronounced dead within the hour. This heartwrenching photograph was taken at the clinic shortly after he passed away. It shows his grieving wife clasping him as a tourist police officer looks on sadly.
Pol Lt Col Maen Rottong from Trat Tourist Police later questioned Mr. Sigloch’s wife, Sunanthra Chitlok, with whom he shared his two sons. According to her, the family had travelled to Bangkok to see friends before arriving in Koh Chang.
The family had been staying at the Klong Prao Resort on the western coast of the island. According to Mrs Sunanthra, they all left the hotel at 11:00 and went to the nearby Khlong Phrao Beach. Apparently, the two boys ignored the red flag warnings on the beach and went swimming. She and her husband remained on the beach.
At some stage, Mrs Sunanthra realised their children had swum too far from the shore in rough water, so Mr Sigloch went to help the boys make it safely back to shore. However, the current was too strong and the waves too high for him: on his way back, Mr Sigloch appeared exhausted and suddenly drowned.
“She immediately called for help from the staff at the hotel where they were staying,” Pol Lt Col Maen reported. “Mr Sigloch was taken back to the beach and administered first aid before being taken to Koh Chang International Clinic. “However, the husband and father of two was pronounced dead at 14:00.”
Police came to the conclusion that Mr Sigloch had probably underestimated the situation and overestimated his ability. According to Mrs Sunanthra, on top of his age, he also had health issues which might have contributed to the outcome. A post-mortem examination at Koh Chang Hospital has been scheduled to determine the official cause of death.
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