Dutch man found dead off Phuket

The body of a 26-year-old Dutch man was found floating in the sea off Patong beach in Phuket’s Kathu district on Sunday morning.

Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran

The man, later identified as Stephan Henricus Maria Buczynski, was spotted in the water about 500 metres from the famous beach opposite Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa on Thaweewong Road by long-tailed boats and jet ski operators at about 8.30am.

Buczynski’s body was retrieved with the help of speed boat operators in the area, police said.

According to a physician who inspected the body at the scene, Buczynski had been dead for four hours. The back of his neck had a 4cm-long injury consistent with being hit by a sharp object while his forehead appeared to have been struck by a hard object. He was found with a black swimming suit and a waterproof bag around his neck containing a passport and 5,200 baht and 1,850 euros in cash. His body has been sent to Patong Hospital for a post mortem examination.

Police initially assumed that the man may have been swimming alone in the early morning hours and was fatally injured by a boat propeller. They are also considering whether he may have been murdered elsewhere and his body dumped into the sea off Patong beach.


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