Korean and diving instructor drown in Phuket

Korean and diving instructor drown in Phuket

Police say part of tourist's compressed-air tank appeared to have come loose

The bodies of a Korean man and a Thai diving instructor who drowned are transferred from Chalong Hospital to Vachira Phuket Hospital on Saturday. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran)
The bodies of a Korean man and a Thai diving instructor who drowned are transferred from Chalong Hospital to Vachira Phuket Hospital on Saturday. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran)

PHUKET: A South Korean man and a Thai diving instructor who came to his rescue drowned while diving off Koh Racha Yai in Phuket on Saturday.

The incident occurred near Ao Lah on the island in tambon Rawai of Muang district, said Pol Col Somkiat Sarasit, deputy investigation chief at the Chalong police station.

Police found no traces of a struggle on the bodies of the two men. 

According to a police investigation, Sunghyun Cho, 37, and 39 others boarded the dive boat Chok Somboon to view coral reefs off Koh Racha Yai on Saturday morning. 

The tourist was scuba diving diving with Pongsathorn Madnui, 34, an instructor with Island Tour Wander Co, who was diving along his side at the time. 

While diving, the South Korean man experienced a shock and part of his compressed-air tank came loose. Mr Pongsathon rushed to help him, but both men collapsed while emerging to the surface. They were pulled onto the boat, which took them to shore at Chalong pier before they were sent to Chalong Hospital. Doctors tried unsuccessfully to save their lives.

Police plan to investigate further and coordinate with the South Korean embassy to inform relatives about the death of the visitor.


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