The German expat community in Trang lost one of its members on Saturday afternoon. Thomas Haser died of a heart attack while swimming at Yao Beach.
Pol Lt Gridmes Bunisawang, Deputy Investigator at Kantang Provincial Police Station, was notified of the incident at 15:30 by a witness named Somkid Puangmuli. “He said that he had found the body of a dead foreigner on the beach,” the investigator told reporters.
Police and rescue volunteers were dispatched to Yao Beach in Trang’s Kantang district, 35 kilometres south-west of the city centre. Whilst arriving at the scene, police could clearly see the victim’s scooter, a red and black Honda Click, parked on the side of the beach. The bike was registered จรย 303, in Trang.
“Inside the storage area under the seat, we found the man’s passport and other documents,” Pol Lt Gridmes said, identifying Thomas Haser as a 54-year-old German citizen. Documents showed Mr Haser had been living at a house in Trang’s Khok Lo subdistrict near the airport.
His lifeless body was found splayed on Yao Beach. Bystanders told police that he was washed ashore by waves shortly after he was seen floating unconscious. An emergency physician from Trang Hospital checked Mr Hase’s vital signs but pronounced him dead.
Quoting the witness who originally called the police, Pol Lt Gridmes Somkid Puangmuli told reporters, “Mr Haser arrived at the beach with his scooter, bought some bottles of beer at a bar and began sunbathing on the beach.”
At one point, according to Mr Somkid, Mr Haser got up and rushed to the water, presumably to cool himself down. Shortly after, beachgoers saw his body floating on the water with his face down. He was brought to the beach, but when rescue volunteers arrived, they felt no pulse. He was dead.
Based on his initial investigation, Pol Lt Gridmes has surmised that Mr Haser died of a heart attack which was triggered by the unusual heat. According to the Thai Meteorological Department, on the day of his death, the daily temperature reached 33.2˚C>. It is the third foreigner death caused by the heat wave currently sweeping through Thailand.
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