German Drowns in Rough Seas on Koh Phangan

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SURAT THANI — A 46-year-old German tourist drowned after reportedly ignoring a rough seas warning yesterday on Koh Phangan.

The wife of the unidentified deceased said they traveled from their bungalow to Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach where her husband went to swim in the sea. Later she heard him shouting for help. The woman and hostel staff tried to save the man but the waves were nearly 2-meters high, making it impossible to rescue the man, according to police Lt. Amorn Sangthong.

She said the couple planned to return home Feb. 26.

Amorn said the German tourist was unconscious when he was pulled from the water. Rescue workers tried to resuscitate him with CPR and sent him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Amorn said red flags were posted along the beach to warn tourists about the dangerously strong currents. Witnesses said no one went swimming in the area Wednesday but the deceased.