Mohd Zaki Bin Abdul Hamid
A 55-year-old Malaysian tourist drowned while he was swimming at a beach in Pattaya, Chon Buri province. Attempts by other beachgoers to save the man’s life were unsuccessful: he died before rescuers arrived.
The report about a drowning incident involving a foreigner reached Pattaya City Police Station at about 17:00 late on Monday afternoon. Investigator Pol Lt Chanan Gesonbua, in charge of the case, confirmed that the location of the accidental death took place at Naklua Beach in front of the Basaya Beach Hotel & Resort located 330 metres south of Central Festival Pattaya Beach department store.
When officers and rescue volunteers of the Sawang Boriboon Foundation arrived on the scene, the victim, whom police later identified as Mohd Zaki Bin Abdul Hamid, had been pulled out of the sea and was lying unconscious on the beach. Other tourists had started administering first aid. Police report that Mr Hamid was wearing a black T-shirt and black trousers at the time of his death.
“He had no pulse when rescuers arrived,” said Pol Lt Chanan. “They tried to rescusitate him on the way to Pattaya Memorial Hospital, but their efforts were in vain.” The doctor who had accompanied the victim to the hospital pronounced him dead on arrival.
When the investigation into the death started, Pol Lt Chanan interviewed friends of the victim. “They told me Mr Hamid, a group of friends and other compatriots played golf until 10:30 that morning. Afterwards, some members of the group, including Mr Hamid, went back to their hotel room. Later that afternoon, Mr Hamid reportedly left the hotel to go swimming at Naklua Beach,” continued Pol Lt Chanan. “Some time after Mr Hamid entered the water, a tourist on the beach noticed his hand waving in distress about 50 metres from the beach and raised the alarm.”
With the support of other beachgoers, one eyewitness, whose name police did not reveal, managed to pull Mr Hamid out of the water. However, it was too late. His exanimate body lay on the beach until the authorities arrived and took it to Pattaya Memorial Hospital.
Police have notified the Malaysian Embassy of the fatal incident and Pol Lt Chanan is awaiting the post-mortem results which will confirm the official cause of death. Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the accident.
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