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Police investigate Swedish diver death at Similans

Police investigating the death of a Swedish woman during a dive tour at the Similan Islands on Monday (Nov 7) are waiting for doctors to confirm the cause of death before drawing any conclusions in their investigations.

The woman, Kim Lien Pettersson, 57, was on a dive tour with about 30 other tourists, including her husband, when the incident happened, said Pol Lt Col Korkiat Boonplod of Khuraburi Police Station.

“Ms Pettersson came with her husband by tour company and stayed overnight on the boat,” Col Korgiat said.

“Her husband was an experienced diver,” he noted.

“They were at a depth of 25 meters when staff noticed that she was not moving, and then found that she was unconscious,” Col Korgiat said.

“They brought her to the surface, but had to wait at a depth of four to five meters before they could bring her out of the water.

“The dive staff tried to revive her, but she was gone,” he said.

Ms Pettersson’s body was sent to Kuraburichaipat Hospital to determine the cause of death,” he added.

“I have informed the Swedish Embassy already.”

Col Korgiat declined to draw any conclusions about the Swedish woman’s death.

“I want to find out what caused the Swedish woman’s death, but the hospital report may take two to three weeks. I can’t make any presumptions now,” he said.

“I have already questioned witnesses and collected information about this case, and all details have been handed over to the Kuriburi Police Chief to decide what charges, if any, might be brought against the company,” he added.

Phuket News

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