Chinese tourist drowns at Koh Samet
A 53-year-old Chinese tourist drowned at the Saikaew beach on Koh Samet Tuesday, police said.
The Kho Laemya – Koh Samet National Park officials were informed of the accident at 11 am. Nearly at the same time, Pol Maj Wirat Yodsao, an officer on duty of Pe police station in Rayong’s Muean district was also alerted of the accident.
The police together with rescuers from Sawang Phon Kuslo Rayong Foundation rushed to the scene.
They found that the tourist, Wang Lei, drowned in the sea in front of White Sand Beach Resort. He had no shirt on and he was wearing a black swimming trunk. His body had no traces of any injury.
The officials took his body to the Ban Pe pier on the Rayong’s mainland before the body was sent to the Police Hospital’s Forensic Medicine Institute in Bangkok for an autopsy. Police then reported the incident to the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok.
A tour guide told police that Wang was in his group of Chinese tourists from Pattaya. He said he let the tourists swim at the Saikaew beach and Wang disappeared under water while officials from the national park were holding a rescue drill nearby. Park officials rushed to retrieve his body and they gave him a CPR but they failed to resuscitate his heart.
Sumet Saithong, chief of the park, said Wang came with a group of about 10 tourists, led by a guide of Leading Thai Co Ltd.
Sumet said Wang and friends swam after having a meal at the White Sand Restaurant. He said Wang swam far away from the beach and officials warned him to return to the shallow part but he would not listen and further swam away from the beach and eventually drowned.