Police are investigating the death of an elderly German man who has washed ashore on a beach in Pattaya on Wednesday afternoon.
Visitors at the beach that day, at the end of Na Kluea 18, notified the authorities once they discovered the lifeless body of a western man lying in the sand. Municipal officials, who arrived first on the scene, called police officers to investigate the case.
Police later identified the man as Mr Rudolf Stoff, a 74-year-old retiree from Germany who had been renting a room in the 100 Apartment complex in Na Kluea Soi 27.
Mr Stoff did not have any health-related issues at the time of his death. He was described as ‘fit and healthy’. According to a close his friend, swimming on that beach was part of his daily routine: he usually went there at 11:00 and returned at about 16:00.
None of the people who were present at the time of the incident witnessed the actual drowning of Mr Stoff. Only when his dead body has washed ashore, did people realise what had happened. The authorities were immediately informed.
Police suspect a sudden muscle cramp to be the reason Mr Stoff was unable to keep his head above the water. A post-mortem examination has been scheduled to verify this theory.
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