A Chinese tourist died under mysterious circumstances while swimming early this morning after a late night out in Phuket.
Pol Capt Prasert Thongprom of Kamala Provincial Police Station received a report concerning the death of a Chinese tourist at a hotel on Hua Khuan Road at about 3:00 on Friday morning.
Police arrived at the hotel’s open swimming pool to find a deceased Jian Dong, 28 years old, surrounded by his friends. It was presumed at the time that he had drowned.
Mr Dong was part of a Chinese tour group in Phuket. He reportedly went out with nine friends at 21:00 for dinner and drinks, including two large beers and returned to the hotel around 02:40.
Talking about the circumstances of the incident, Capt Prasert told the Phuket Gazette, “His friend, named Jin Tu, told us that he was sitting by the pool whilst Mr Dong was swimming. He had been swimming for 30 minutes and then suddenly stopped moving. Mr Tu called out to his friend three times without receiving any response; so he jumped in and pulled his friend out of the water.”
Capt Prasert added, “Mr Tu said he attempted to resuscitate his friend before rescue workers arrived, but without success. We have been told that he had had rib surgery before his trip, and it’s possible that there were some complications from this that led to his death.”
The embassy has been informed of Mr Dong’s death and his body sent to Patong Hospital for further investigation.
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