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The body of a man was found floating in the sea near Kata Noi Beach by Marine Biology Centre scientists yesterday morning (November 27).
Chaiyamongkul Yamaroonpattana from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, told Karon Police that while the scientists were surveying the marine life in the area, they noticed the body floating in the sea about one kilometre from Kata Noi Beach.
They towed the body to shore in front of Kata Thani Hotel.
Identification is proving difficult due to the state of the body. But police said the man was tall, between 180 and 190 cm, was wearing only swimming shorts and had a tattoo featuring a swastika on the left calf, suggesting he might be a Westerner.
The body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for examination to see if there might be other clues to the man’s identity
Pol Lt Nipon Temsong of Karon Police said the man had been dead for at least a week and confirmed that no missing persons reports had been filed in the Karon area in that time. Police are now looking into missing persons reports from further afield.
Anyone recognizing the tattoo is urged to call Karon Police station at 076 333 362.