July 31, 2017

Mohd Zaki Bin Abdul Hamid

A 55-year-old Malaysian tourist has drowned while he was swimming at a beach in Pattaya, Chon Buri province. Attempts by other beachgoers to save the man’s life remained unsuccessful – he died before rescuers arrived on the scene.

The report about a drowning incident involving a foreigner reached Pattaya City Police Station at about 17:00 late Monday afternoon. Investigator Pol Lt Chanan Gesonbua, who was put in charge of the case, confirmed the information and said that the swimming accident took place at Naklua Beach in front of Basaya Beach Hotel & Resort about 330 metres south of Central Festival Pattaya Beach department store.

When officers and rescue volunteers of the Sawang Boriboon Foundation arrived on the beach, the man, who police later identified as Mohd Zaki Bin Abdul Hamid, had already been pulled out of the sea and was lying unconscious on the sand where tourists had started administering first aid. According to police, Mr Hamid was wearing a black t-shirt and black trousers.

“We did not find any pulse or breathing,” Pol Lt Chanan said. Rescuers immediately started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to keep the heart pumping blood through his body until he reached Pattaya Memorial Hospital.

“However,” Pol Lt Chanan said, “their attempts to save the tourist’s life were unsuccessful because his heart had not beaten for too long.” A cardiac arrest deprives the brain of oxygen which mostly leads to death unless chest compressions are being administered immediately. Doctors say that one minute without CPR decreases the chance of survival without irreversible brain damage for 10 percent. The doctor who had accompanied the police had no other option than to pronounce him dead.

When the investigation into the death started, Pol Lt Chanan interviewed friends of Mr Hamid. “They told me that they, Mr Hamid and other countrymen went to play golf until 10:30. After that, some members of the group, including Mr Hamid, went back to their hotel room.

“Mr Hamid reportedly left the hotel in the late afternoon to go swimming at Naklua Beach,” Pol Lt Chanan continued to reconstruct the events. “After he had spent some time in the water, another tourist suddenly called for help when he saw a hand being raised over the water about 50 metres from the beach.”

With the support of other beachgoers, the eyewitness, whose name police did not reveal, managed to pull the unconscious Mr Hamid out of the water and lay him on the beach. Despite administering CPR, Mr Hamid died before rescue workers could bring him to the hospital.

Police have already notified the Malaysian Embassy of the fatal incident, Pol Lt Chanan commented. Rescue workers have brought Mr Hamid’s body to Pattaya Memorial Hospital where pathologists are going to conduct a post-mortem examination to confirm the official cause of death.

Case Details

Source Thairath
Date of Death: July 31, 2017
Last Edited: 2 weeks ago
Age: 55 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Malaysian
Cause of Death: Drowning
Province: Chon Buri
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