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British man, 60, passes out, hits head and dies during boat trip off Phuket

PHUKET: A 60-year-old British man died yesterday afternoon after falling and hitting his head on a yacht during a visit to Koh Racha Yai.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 27 February 2017, 10:52AM


Rescue workers treat the man on the yacht.

Rescue workers treat the man on the yacht.

A medical rescue team from a hotel on Koh Racha Yai received informed yesterday afternoon (Feb 26) that a tourist had fallen down on a yacht and knocked his head leaving him unconscious

The rescue team arrived at the boat to find a 60-year-old British man (name withheld until his family have been informed) in cardiac arrest.

They administered CPR and contacted the Naval Air Section of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command and requested a helicopter be sent to the area to assist in transporting the man to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

However, before the helicopter arrived the medical team pronounced the man was dead.

His body was returned to Phuket by boat and transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital where doctors are to perform an autopsy.

Friends of the deceased told police that there were 10 people staying at a hotel on Koh Racha and late yesterday morning they took a yacht trip to Plub Pla Bay for snorkeling.

The group, including the deceased, went snorkelling and the deceased then returned to the boat where he complained of feeling dizzy. He then passed out, knocked his head and fell unconscious so the medical team were called.

Police have confirmed that they will continue to investigate the incident to find the true cause of death. 

 

 

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Peter Tudders | 23 March 2017 - 11:27:15

Chances are it was heatstroke that did for him, poor bugger. If it happens in a populated area in Thailand you will be very lucky to survive, if it happens in the ocean in Thailand on a barnacle magnet you've got next to no chance. 
The most dangerous tourism destination for Aussies, Brits and Swedes.

Pauly44 | 27 February 2017 - 15:47:49

Not long Eagle, a spade is usually a spade, readers are probably just calling it as they see it without the spin that someone like yourself offers up to justify their existence here, RIP.

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