Police confirmed the death of a Russian tourist who drowned while diving to view a shipwreck sunk to create an artificial reef south of Koh Chang on Saturday noon.
Pol Lt Ronarong Buayen, investigator of Koh Chang police station, was notified at 12:40 Saturday noon about an incident involving a 63-year-old Russian national, Evgeny Rusmartemyanov, who was found lifeless floating near the wreck of the HTMS Chang 712 at Hin Rab-Hin Luk Bat, a popular dive site.
The tourist and another Russian friend had purchased dive packages from Chang Diving Co, a representative of the tour firm confirmed. The man and other divers boarded the firm’s boat to the dive site on Saturday morning.
At around 11:30, the diving instructors signalled all the tourists to return to the boat to go to another site. But when they did a head count, they discovered one person was missing. They asked the boat captain to survey the area to look for the missing man. Another diving tour boat later spotted the body of the tourist floating about 200 metres away from the dive site.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. They believe the man might have entered the wreck without carrying a portable oxygen tank and this might have led to his death.
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