A Chinese man was forced to watch helplessly as his 71-year-old wife got into difficulty while swimming and shortly afterwards died in his arms at Jomtien Beach in Pattaya on Sunday morning.
Bystanders witnessed a heartbreaking farewell on Jomtien Beach in Pattaya early that morning: a distraught and weeping husband kneeling on the sand clutching the body of his wife who had drowned only minutes earlier.
Mueang Pattaya Provincial Police Station was informed of the sad incident at about 10:00 on Sunday morning. Officers and rescue volunteers of the Sawang Boribun Rescue Foundation were sent to the beach behind Beach Rd opposite Pattaya Soi 5, but Pol Capt Panlop Ringrod told reporters.”By the time we were informed, the woman had already died.”
The deceased was identified as Mrs Zhan Xiaojun, 72. She had been on a group tour when the accident happened.
Pol Capt Panlop talked to Ms Jaruni Lipataragun, 33, the tour guide of the Chinese group. According to her, Mrs Xiaojun and her husband were in the water, not far from the shore with other members of the group. At one point, the husband went back to the beach but the wife remained in the water.
Pol Capt Panlop, summarising the guide’s statement, said, “About three minutes later, Ms Jaruni noticed that Mrs Zhan Xiaojun was in great difficulty and about to drown. Several people tried to rescue her. Her unconscious body was eventually pulled out of the water and someone began mouth-to-mouth rescusitation, but to no avail.”
A municipality official stated that up to five people had drowned on that same beach. Police took pictures of the area and submitted them as evidence. An autopsy will confirm whether or not any pre-existing medical conditions played a role in Mrs Zhan Xiaojun’s death.
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