Body of farang tourist found in Pattaya sea
A body of unidentified western man was spotted floating in the Pattaya sea Saturday, police said.
Pol Lt Sombat Kaewmulmook, an interrogator of of Pattaya police station, receive a phone call at 10 am, informing that a farang’s body was seen floating near Koh Joon, about one nautical mile from Pattaya beach.
He and marine police and rescuers from Sawang Boribun Pattaya Foundation rushed to the spot in a speed boat.
The body was found about 100 meters from the island. He was facing down in the sea and had no shirt. He was wearing swimming trunk with blue strips on the left and right sides.
Officials did not find any trace of injuries on his body. It was expected he had died for 12 hours.
The foundation rescuers retrieved the body and sent it to the Bang Lamung Hospital for transfer to the Police Hospital for an autopsy.
Thom Yutthasunthorn, 34, who lets tourist rent beach umbrellas and beds in front of Soi 13/2 on the Pattaya Beach Road, said he remembered seeing the man renting a canvas bed of another operator next to his lot.
He saw the man going to swim in the sea. Hours later, the man did not return to his canvas bed. He said the owner of the bed also asked him whether he saw the farang tourist. He replied that he didn’t see him and expected that the man might return to his hotel.
Thom said when he heard a body was found, he came to check and found that it was the same tourist.
Police suspected that the tourist drowned while swimming and his body was washed out by the tide.