Scott Robert Townsend
A British tourist seen walking along Patong Beach in a very drunken state on Friday morning appears to have drowned shortly after in a classic case of death by misadventure.
Pol Capt Yingyong Chuaigit at Patong Provincial Police Station said some residents saw the man on the beach at around 8:00. “He appeared to be drunk,” said the captain quoting from witness statements. Some of his neighbours had approached him and told him to go back to his hotel and sober up.
Some time afterwards, people in the area watched him go for a swim and soon lost sight of him. Lifeguards who had been notified of his disappearance went out to search for him but returned empty-handed. At 10:00, lifeguards called the local police and asked for help.
Police officers and rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation were dispatched and soon extended the search area. The victim’s body was found some 20 minutes later and sent to Patong Hospital where he was identified as 38-year-old Scott Robert Townsend.
Pol Capt Yingyong revealed that Mr Townsend had entered Thailand on Saturday, April 15 for a week. “He was staying at a hotel close to Patong Beach. In his room, we found his passport, credit card and some clothes”, stated investigator Pol Capt Yingyong.
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