Heinz Peter Ballmann
Cleaning the community swimming pool in his Chon Buri village was a daily task for a Swiss expat until Sunday afternoon. A shocked neighbour found his body floating in the pool.
Mr Heinz Peter Ballmann, 58, was discoverd around 15:00 by a female neighbour in Ban Nidacha, a village in Chon Buri’s Nong Prue subdistrict which Google Maps erroneously label as S.P. Village.
Pol Capt Sirichai Tongsaeng of Nong Prue Provincial Police Station said, “She called Mr Ballmann’s Thai girlfriend at their home nearby. The girlfriend was obviously devastated when she heard the news and called the emergency services. Rescue workers from Sawang Boribun were dispatched to the scene.”
When they arrived, Mr Ballmann had been pulled out of the water and was lying on his back beside the pool. Kneeling next to him was his girlfriend, in a state of shock and grief. Police, who had arrived along with the rescue workers, gave her time to calm down and then questioned her.
The lead investigator, Pol Capt Sirichai stated, “According to his girlfriend, Mr Ballmann had left their house in the afternoon to clean the community swimming pool which was part of his daily routine. When she heard a neighbour shouting that a foreigner is drowning, she rushed to the pool and helped to pull him out of the water, but Mr Ballmann was already dead.” Police have withheld the girlfriend’s name until they can investigate further.
Pol Capt Sirichai took photographs of the body and the pool as evidence. “We believe that Mr Ballmann might have collapsed while he was cleaning the pool and fallen into the water where he drowned. Since no residents were in that area at the time of the accident, nobody was there to help him.”
A post-mortem examination has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.
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