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Japanese tourist dies after pulled from water unconscious on Phi Phi snorkelling tour

Japanese tourist dies after pulled from water unconscious on Phi Phi snorkelling tour

PHUKET: A Japanese man died today (Nov 4) after being pulled from water unconscious during a snorkelling tour at Pileh Bay, the bay next to the world-famous, but now closed to tourists, Maya Bay.

By The Phuket News

Monday 4 November 2019, 07:44PM

Lt Supachai Soonsripeng of the Krabi City Police told The Phuket News that by staff at Krabi Hospital had notified him of the man’s death at 11:30am.

The man’s friend told police that the two were staying in Phuket and yesterday bought a one-day island tour with V.Marine Tour, Lt Supachai explained.

Today at 9am, the two men and 30 other tourists departed Phuket to snorkel at the Koh Kai islands east of Phuket, then on to Pileh Bay (see map below).

Once the boat was stationary in the bay, the tour guide told the tour group they were free to enter the water.

The man jumped into the water from the bow, where he was standing when the tour guide gave the all clear to jump in, Lt Supachai said.

“Around 10 minutes later, one of the tourists on the trip saw [the man] floating face down. The tourist approached and found that [the man] was unconscious.,” he added.

The tourists and the boat crew quickly brought the man on board, and CPR was performed while the boat speed back to Phi Phi Don island to north to have the man rushed to Phi Phi Hospital

The man was transferred to Krabi Hospital, but later succumbed to his condition, Lt Supachai said.

“From our initial investigation, we believe that [the man] was not a good swimmer. We believe that he likely choked on water after he jumped in, causing him to fall unconscious while still in the water,” he said.

Regardless, police will continue their investigation into the death, Lt Supachai said.

The Japanese Embassy has been informed of the man’s death, he added.

* The Phuket News is withholding the man’s name until it has been confirmed that his next of kin have been notified.

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Kurt | 06 November 2019 - 08:43:02

So far the Phuket Officials only came up with the idea of a name tag on your wrist during boat tours. Of course, for own convenience. To make identification easier for them after you die. Something they accept 'as a usual happening'.  Time there should be 1 time a year a extra merit job to do for Governor,  remembering all the foreign tourist deaths on Phuket, at the tourist statue..

BenPendejo | 05 November 2019 - 21:29:09

Wow...two deaths in one day.  This is testimony to the bull$#!t lip service from the Governor and every other do-nothing Phuket official that blathers to visiting countries that they are taking tourist safety seriously. In reality, nothing has been done but a bunch of nonsense measures that everyone knew were nonsense.  The reality of it all, Phuket remains a very dangerous place for tourists. 

Yondiu | 05 November 2019 - 16:10:10

Sad news. Was on the same tour on the 22nd October with Mr. Boy as our tour guide. 


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