A 46-year-old German tourist drowned after reportedly ignoring a rough seas warning yesterday on Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province.
The wife of the deceased, who Thai media named as Harry Spiller, said they traveled from their bungalow to Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach where her husband went to swim in the sea. Later she heard him shouting for help.
The woman and hostel staff tried to save the man but the waves were nearly 2 meters high, making it impossible to rescue the man, according to police Lt Amorn Sangthong.
Lt Amorn said the German tourist was unconscious when he was pulled from the water. Rescue workers tried to resuscitate Mr Spiller with CPR and sent him to Bangkok Hospital on Koh Phangan where he was pronounced dead. A dramatic video showing the attempts to save the man has been recorded by a witness.
Red flags were posted along the beach to warn tourists about the dangerously strong currents, Lt Amorn said. Witnesses reported no one went swimming in the area Wednesday but Mr Spiller.
According to the wife, the couple had arrived on the holiday island on Februar 16 and stayed at Nice Beach Bungalow. They had planned to return to Gemany on Februar 26.
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