April 15, 2017

Marius Hubert van Drunen

The fulfilling life of a Dutch diving instructor came to an abrupt end when he collapsed and died in the bathroom of his villa on Koh Samui.

Jilly Masters, the wife of Marius Hubert van Drunen , 44, discovered the body of her husband at around 11:00 on Friday morning. “She told us that she had found him inside the bathroom, but dragged him out before we arrived,” deputy inspector Pol Lt Dula Sawangrad of Bo Phut Provincial Police Station said according to TNews.

Police, rescue workers and a doctor from Koh Samui Hospital were received by Mrs Masters who led officials to a spot in front of the bathroom where his body was lying. A brief medical examination found a laceration on the back of the head which most likely had been caused when he collapsed, police speculated. “We didn’t find any other injuries or signs of a struggle,” Pol Lt Dula added.

By questioning his wife Mrs Masters , who herself is a British national, police learned that Mr van Dunen was suffering from diabetes which required him to see a doctor regularly. His next appointment was scheduled for April 26. But when Mr van Dunen’s wife woke up on Friday morning, she found him dead in the bathroom in their shared house in Moo 4, Bo Phut subdistrict.

Mr van Dunen was a professional diving instructor who had been living in Thailand for over 17 years. After working at Easy Divers Koh Samui, he joined Calypso Diving in Bo Phut, one of the first diving schools on the island. “Marius loved his job,” Mrs Masters told police. “He gave diving lessons every day.”

Police have not yet been able to establish the cause of death of Mr van Dunen. “We have to wait for the results of the autopsy,” Pol Lt Dula said. Police asked Mrs Masters to come to the station to make an official statement. Meanwhile, rescue workers brought Mr van Dunen’s body to Koh Samui Hospital for further examination.

Case Details

Source TNews
Date of Death: April 15, 2017
Last Edited: 2 weeks ago
Age: 44 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Dutch
Cause of Death: Disease
Province: Surat Thani
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