In Patong, Phuket, on Wednesday evening, the lifeless body of a 21-year-old Chinese tourist was discovered in a resort swimming pool. Police assume he had drowned.
At 20:15 on Wednesday, Pol Lt Col Wirapong Rakkido of Patong Provincial Police Station received a report from the staff at Patong Hospital notifying him that the dead body of a Chinese tourist had arrived following an incident at the & Resort and Spa in Phuket’s Patong subdistrict.
When Pol Lt Col Wirapong arrived shortly after, Patong Hospital staff told him that they had received a call notifying them that a Chinese man, who had been found face down in a swimming pool, was on the way to the hospital. “The man was identified as 21-year-old Mr Lei Cuuan,” Pol Lt Col Wirapong said according to The Phuket News.
Despite efforts to save the life of the young tourist, emergency workers, who tried to perform CPR on the way to the hospital, were unsuccessful. “Doctors pronounced him dead on arrival,” Pol Lt Col Wirapong said, adding; “They said that the cause of death was drowning which sounds probable since there were no signs of assault on the man’s body.”.
Police went to the C&N Resort and Spa where Mr Lei was staying to view CCTV footage of the pool area. “It showed Mr Lei entering the pool alone at 18:16,” Pol Lt Col Wirapong said. “At 18:24, a guest at the resort noticed that Mr Lei was floating face down and motionless on the surface of the pool.”
The Phuket News spoke to the Superintendent of Patong Provincial Police Station, Pol Col Chaiwat Uikam, who confirmed these facts. “We are still investigating this case though the CCTV footage shows Mr Lei in the pool alone.”
When asked what the CCTV footage showed in the eight minutes Mr Lei entered the pool until his body was found, Pol Col Chaiwat said that they have to view the footage again. “For now, we believe that Mr Lei drowned. In the meantime, we continue our investigation and will release our official report in due course.”
Patong Hospital has been asked to conduct a post-mortem examination to confirm the cause of death.
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