Muang police and Kusoldharm Foundation rushed to the scene after receiving a phone call from a witness.
The witness told police that the dead man seemed to have been drinking heavily with friends, to the point where he apparently decided to jump into the fountain pool.
The friends managed to rescue him and pulled him to the wall of the pool. But instead of climbing out, the drunk man pushed away from the wall. He repeated this several times, each time being rescued, until finally he sank. At this point his drinking companions left.
Kusoldharm volunteers tried, but could not locate the missing man − the fountain pool covers an area of 1,000 square metres − and had to call in a diver, who did eventually manage to find the corpse.
The dead man had no ID on him; just B103 in one of his pockets. Police believe he was Burmese and estimated his age about 25 to 30 years old. They described him as "skinny and dark-skinned".
The body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.