Hars Kumar Panuganti
An Indian man in Pattaya tried to escape the heat by going for a swim in the pool at his condo. Two hours later, he was dead.
The information and pictures were published on Facebook by sara Barinyotai along with a report early on Monday morning. The incident itself happened at around 21:00 the previous evening.
A security guard at the Amata Chon Buri condominium in the Nong Mai Daeng subdistrict made an emergency call after he saw a dead body floating face down in the swimming pool. Mangorn Chon Buri rescue workers arrived shortly after the call and continue to assist police in their investigation.
The victim, identified as 29-year-old Hars Kumar Panuganti from India, was floating lifelessly in the pool when the rescuers arrived. He was wearing black shorts and a white vest. Rescuers managed to dragged Mr Panuganti to the side of the pool using a long wooden stick and then hauled hiim out of the water.
There were no visible injuries on his body, according to a Facebook report so it is thought that Mr Panuganti had most probably drowned. According to the Thai Meteorological Department, the maximum temperature that day was 34.3˚C.
Police at the scene questioned one of the victim’s work colleagues. He told officers that Mr Panuganti had come to work in Thailand about one month ago. On the day of the incident, his friend had been grumbling about the heat, and went swimming around 18:00. CCTV footage showed Mr Panuganti swimming alone in the pool for about an hour. His friend went to investigate when all splashing noises from the pool abruptly stopped. This is when he was found floating on the water.
Rescue volunteers and an on-scene doctor accompanied the body to the forensic unit at Chon Buri Hospital. Police are in the process of contacting the victim’s family.
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