Horst Holger Schilling
A German foreigner was killed by electrocution early on Saturday morning when he fell into his own swimming pool.
Investigating officer Pol Capt Suranan Mitrap from Hua Hin Provincial Police Station told Daily News that the incident had taken place at a house in Prachuap Khiri Kan’s Tha Tai subdistrict. The house, located on 198/9 Ratchagan 7 Rd near ‘The Emerald’ gated community, belongs to a 66-year-old foreigner from Germany named Horst Holger Schilling.
When police and rescue workers arrived, they found the lifeless body of Mr Schilling floating face-up in his swimming pool at the back of his property. He was wearing black shorts and no top. Police did not find any signs of violence on the scene or the body, Pol Capt Suranan confirmed.
On the ground of the pool, police found a shrub planter which had fallen into the water. A yellow hanging light, discovered dangling in the water nearby, was still connected to a live power socket. Police were obliged to turn off the electricity supply to the building before they could recover the body safely.
“We have CCTV footage from the area showing Mr Schilling standing on the edge of the pool,” Pol Capt Suranan said. “At one point, he slipped and fell into the pool while trying to hold on to the shrub to which the hanging light was attached.” Police surmise that when the light fell in the water, it triggered a short-circuit that instantly electrocuting Mr Schilling.
Police did not comment on whether or not Mr Schilling had been intoxicated at the time of the incident. As with all foreign deaths, a post-mortem examination, conducted at Hua Hin Hospital, will determine the cause of death to be entered on to the death certificate.
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