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Chinese tourist drowns off Lanta Yai, Krabi

Chinese tourist drowns off Lanta Yai, Krabi

PHUKET: A Chinese tourist drowned while swimming with his girlfriend at Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi, yesterday afternoon (Dec 15).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 16 December 2015, 07:05PM


Rescue workers performed CPR at the scene, but Mr Chen was pronounced dead by drowning at the hospital soon after. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Rescue workers performed CPR at the scene, but Mr Chen was pronounced dead by drowning at the hospital soon after. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Chen Pengtuan, 25, was swimming at Klong Hin Beach at 2pm when he disappeared under the water, said Lt Pittaya Jariyanukul of the Koh Lanta Police.

Mr Chen’s girlfriend screamed for help and local residents and other tourists rushed into the water to try to find Mr Chen, but were unable to find him, Lt Pittaya said.

“Rescue divers searched 100 metres from shore looking for Mr Chen, and found him about 30 minutes later, but he was unconscious,” Lt Pittaya explained.

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“They brought him ashore and administered CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and rushed him to hospital, but he was pronounced dead soon after at the emergency room.”

Lt Pittaya believed Mr Chen suffered cramp while swimming.

“He went into the water without a life vest and probably swam for a long time, so we believe that he suffered a leg cramp and then drowned,” he said.

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