Lt Col Seksan Boonlerd of the Phi Phi Police told The Phuket News today (Sept 14) that doctors from Phi Phi Island Hospital confirmed the cause of death of 66-year-old Mr He Renfu was drowning and that the man suffered no other health conditions as initially reported.
Mr He’s body has since been transferred Thalang Hospital in Phuket and is awaiting repatriation by his family.
Mr He was among 30 tourists on board the Jupiter 2 speedboat, which arrived at Ao Sam, Phi Phi Island, from Phuket at about 11:30am last Sunday. Some of the group, including Mr He, went for a swim and he was found unconscious in the water a few minutes later. (See story here.)
Lt Col Seksan explained, “The man went into the water with a life jacket on and five minutes later the group found him unconscious in the water. His wife was with the group who helped pull him out of the water and took him to Phi Phi Island Hospital.
“Everyone, including medical staff, believed the man suffered some health issues which may have caused him to drown, but doctors concluded that the cause of death was drowning. His wife has told us that she does not want any further investigation into the incident,” he said.