Paola Emilia Bindi
A female Italian tourist died after she was found unconscious in the sea off Koh Samet in Rayong province late on Tuesday afternoon.
Paola Emilia Bindi, from Milan in Italy, was pulled out of the sea by beachgoers who had had spotted the 58-year-old woman floating, face-down and motionless, in the water.
Police were notified of the incident at about 17:30 confirmed Pol Capt Banlang Bunjaruet of Phe Provincial Police Station the following day. The accident occurred at Ao Pakarang, a small bay in the south of Koh Samet in Phe subdistrict of Rayong province.
“Ms Bindi had been staying at a resort in Ao Phai about five kilometres north of Ao Pakarang. It was her tenth day on the island,” said lead investigator, Pol Capt Banlang.
According to an internet post by Achara Paisanteerajit on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the victim drove to the beach with her friend on the day of the incident. They arrived in the late afternoon and went swimming. There were no waves or strong currents that day. The post goes on to say that she and other beachgoers saw a woman floating unconscious in the water and rushed to pull her out. They tried to resuscitate her, but she had passed away before rescuers could take her to the hospital.
Rescue volunteers took the victim’s body by boat to a nearby pier from and she was sent to Rayong Hospital on the mainland. “We believe Ms Bindi lost consciousness due to a pre-existing medical condition,” Pol Capt Banlang said. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death.
Police have confirmed that the Italian Embassy in Bangkok has been notified of Ms Bindi’s death.
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