Klaus Heinz Trappiel
The first visit to Pattaya ended deadly for a 78-year-old German tourist. He drowned after swimming at Jomtien Beach and could not be resuscitated.
On Tuesday afternoon, lifeguards at Jomtien Beach in Nong Prue subdistrict of Chon Buri province notified Pattaya City Provincial Police Station of the death of a tourist. Pol Lt Col Gola Ngampong, who had received the call at approximately 12:30, said the man had drowned.
“Klaus Heinz Trappiel had been swimming with four friends at Jomtien Beach right in front of Soi Jomtien 5. He then lost consciousness and was spotted floating with his face down on the water,” Pol Lt Col Gola explained the events witnessed by the man’s travel companions. “It was his first time in Pattaya, his friends have told us,” the policeman added.
Lifeguards who had been on duty at the time of the incident pulled the man to the shore. They tried to resuscitate Mr Trappiel but could not save the life of the elderly tourist, police said. Mr Trappiel and his friends stayed at a hotel in Soi 7, police revealed towards reporters.
“Friends of the deceased have told us that Mr Trappiel had been suffering from a chronic health issue,” Pol Lt Col Gola said without elaborating further. “This might have been the cause or a contributing factor to the drowning,” he said.
The German Embassy in Bangkok has been notified of the incident, police confirmed.
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