April 15, 2017

Marius Hubert van Drunen

The short 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.

The body of Marius Hubert van Drunen, 44, was discovered by his wife, Jilly Masters, at around 11:00 on Friday morning. “She told us that she had found him inside the bathroom, and, in distress, had dragged him out before we arrived,” stated Deputy Inspector Pol Lt Dula Sawangrad of Bo Phut Provincial Police Station according to TNews.

Police, rescue workers and a doctor from Koh Samui Hospital met Mrs Masters at the property. She led them to a spot just outside the bathroom where his body lay. A brief medical examination found a laceration to the back of the head. Police speculate which that he most likely sustained this when he initially collapsed. “We didn’t find any other injuries on his body,” Pol Lt Dula added.

His wife, a British national, told police that her husband had been suffering from diabetes which required regular visits to his doctor. His next appointment was scheduled for April 26. However, when she woke up on Friday morning, she found her husband lifeless in the bathroom in their shared house in Moo 4, in the Bo Phut subdistrict.

Mr van Dunen was a professional diving instructor who had been living in Thailand for over 17 years. He initially worked at Easy Divers in Koh Samui and later 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 exact cause of death. “We have to wait for the results of the autopsy,” said Pol Lt Dula. Rescue workers took Mr van Dunen’s body to Koh Samui Hospital for further examination and asked Mrs Masters to make an official statement at the police station.

Case Details

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