The girl, named as Haeun Park, 11, was on a day trip to Koh Racha with her father Hee Bok Park, 43, and mother Kim Young Joo, 40, when the incident took place. The family were due to return home from Phuket on Oct 28.
Maj Col Thada Sodarak an investigator from Chalong Police Station said that at about 3:30pm on Sunday Miss Haeun was playing in the sea at Patok Bay, Koh Racha when a strong wave pulled her out. Her father tried to help her but was unsuccessful.
When Miss Haeun was finally pulled unconscious from the water, rescue workers who had gone to the area from Chalong Pier gave her CPR but the girl died while being transported to the mainland.
Miss Haeun’s body was taken to Vachira Hospital.