"Partying" Russian Drowns in Pattaya

Rescue workers retrieve the body of a drowned Russian man in Pattaya, 11 Nov 2014.

CHONBURI — A Russian man in his late twenties drowned off the coast of Pattaya early this morning, police say.

Witnesses say the man was drinking alcohol with a friend on a buoyed platform before he fell into the sea. The friend tried to call for help but was unable to rescue the victim in time. Police estimate the deceased is between 25 and 30 years old.

Officials have retrieved the body for an autopsy and notified the Russian embassy. 

A popular resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya is known for its seedy and crime-ridden night life. 

In August, a 25-year-old British man died after going on a cocaine-fueled rampage at a condominium in Chonburi province, police say.

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