A day trip to Koh Samet in Rayong province ended fatally for a Chinese tourist who drowned while swimming near the beach.
A tour guide informed Phe Provincial Police Station in Rayong’s Mueang district of the fatality. “We received the call at around 7:00 on Sunday morning. He said that the Chinese tourist had drowned,” Pol Lt Banlang Bunyarit told the Thai media.
Xiang Xi (name transliterated), 60, was part of a group tour from Pattaya to Koh Samet with 29 other tourists. “They left Pattaya at 7:00 in the morning. After they arrived in Koh Samet, they had lunch,” said Pol Lt Banlang describing the course of events.
Mr Xiang Xi was reportedly struggling to keep his head above the water while swimming near the famous Sai Kaew Beach on Koh Samet in the west of Thailand. A preliminary investigation has suggested that cramp might be to blame as he had been swimming for hours and might have been exhausted, Pol Lt Banlang said.
Mr Xiang Xi’s body was taken to Rayong Hospital for further medical examination. The Chinese Embassy has been informed of his death.
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