A young Canadian man became the first foreigner who died in Thailand in 2017. He drowned on Koh Phangan during the New Year countdown.
Two tourists were retrieved from the sea at Hat Rin beach in Koh Phangan district (Surat Thani province), but one of them died in the early hours of Sunday, said police.
The dead tourist was identified as the 26-year-old Canadian Clinton Munkittrick. The injured victim was a foreign woman whose nationality was not yet known. She was sent to Koh Phangan Hospital.
The drowning was reported during the New Year countdown event, joined by over 20,000 Thai and foreign visitors. Over 100 police and bomb disposal officers were deployed to beef up security at the venue.
During the celebrations, there were high waves. Authorities have banned swimming during this period due to high wind waves. However, some groups of foreigners ignored the warning sign and entered the water.
Meanwhile, a Facebook page has been set up for family and friends to share memories of Munkittrick, who is from the village of North Hatley but was recently in Rouyn-Noranda, Que., and Saskatchewan for work.
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