Graham Mark Webb
It was supposed to be a relaxing Sunday afternoon boat trip for a group of British tourists until one of them collapsed after heart attack.
The group were staying at a hotel on Koh Racha and had chartered a yacht for a snorkelling tour near the island on Sunday morning, a total of ten passengers plus the Captain. The yacht left Koh Racha at around 09:00.
Passengers told police, the yacht had anchored at Plab Pla Bay on the west side of the island to allow them to go swimming or snorkelling.
At around 13:30, the passengers were returning to the yacht when one of them suddenly collapsed. Graham Mark Webb, 60, fell to the floor and knocked his head against the deck of the boat, leaving him unconscious.
Friends of Mr Webb quickly came to his aid. They realised that his heart had stopped beating and immediately started CPR. Meanwhile, the Captain contacted the local medical centre on Koh Racha Yai for help.
Rescuers and nurses arrived at the boat and continued to perform CPR. They requested a helicopter to take the victim to Vachira Phuket Hospital on Phuket, 30 kilometres north of Koh Racha Yai.
However, Mr did not regain consciousness and nurses ended up cancelling the helicopter. The victim was pronounced dead at 14:32.
Officers at Chalong Provincial Police Station, who are responsible for the investigation into Mr Webb’s death, sent his body to Vachira Phuket Hospital and scheduled a post-mortem. An unamed officer conjectured that Mr Webb might have died of a pre-existing medical condition which triggered a heart attack brought.
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