A 23-year-old tourist from Canada went missing and drowned while swimming on Koh Chang. Rescuers recovered his dead body only hours later.
According to a report in the Bangkok Post, the deceased, who police named Kaled Salih, 23, had arrived in Thailand on July 10. His visa exemption stamp allowed him to stay in the Kingdom until August 8.
Police said Mr Salih was staying at the Pajamas Koh Chang Hostel on Koh Chang in Trat province on the west side of the island. He had checked in the previous day, the hostel staff reportedly told police. Mr Salih was due to check out the following day, Monday.
At about 18:00 on Sunday evening, Mr Salih went swimming at the beach in front of the hostel, Bangkok Post stated>. A program on TNAMCOT TV said red flags had been put up around the beach to warn tourists of the strong surf. When he still had not left the water an hour later, the staff at the hostel became concerned and reported his disappearance.
Police and local rescue volunteers were alerted at about 19:00. With the help of the Navy, police and rescuers found Mr Salih’s body almost two hours later, at 20:40, floating dead in the sea.
Authorities notified the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok and scheduled a post-mortem examination.
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