A swimming trip ended tragically for an elderly Chinese on Koh Phi Phi. Just minutes after he entered the water, he was found floating unconscious on the water surface.
It was supposed to be a relaxing day out for a group of Chinese tourists. Shortly after 9:40 Sunday morning, Captain Surachai Bramonggit, 37, picked up a group of travellers from the Asia Marina pier in Phuket’s Ratsada subdistrict and headed straight for the popular holiday island of Koh Phi Phi.
The group arrived on Koh Phi Phi around 11:30. According to Pol Lt Col Chetapan Wichaidisot, the investigating officer, Captain Surachai anchored his boat in order to enable the group to go swimming. He Renfu, a 66-year-old tourist from China, was one of the first to jump in.
Only minutes later, distressed members of the group reported to the Captain that a man had lost consciousness in the water. “Mr Hen was floating with his face down on the surface of the water,” Pol Lt Col Chetapan said. “He did not move at all.”
With the help of others on board, Captain Surachai managed to pull Mr He back onto the boat. Later, he was rushed to Koh Phi Phi Hospital, but in vain. “Mr He was pronounced dead as he arrived at the emergency room”, Pol Lt Col Chetapan said.
Enquiries revealed that Mr He was correctly wearing a life jacket when he died. It is thought that he experienced a health issue shortly after jumping into the sea. A forensic examination will is supposed to shed light on the case.
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