British diver dies in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Group preparing to explore underwater caves at Talay Songhong when companion perished
published : 21 Dec 2019 at 20:01
writer: Nujaree Raekrun
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A British diver was found floating dead on Saturday afternoon in Talay Songhong park, a popular diving site in Thung Yai district of this southern province.
The Briton, a 60-year-old resident of Thailand, still had his diving gear on when his body was found. There were no signs of assault, and his diving companions were at the scene when police arrived.
The man’s name has been withheld pending notification of relatives.
Friends of the victim told police that they often dove at Talay Songhong in tambon Krungyan as it was a popular site among foreigners, said Pol Col Chokdee Rakwattanapong, chief of Thung Yai police station, who was alerted at around 2.30pm on Saturday.
The water at the site is clear and there are beautiful caves underwater, divers say.
Before the incident, the Briton had been diving about 100 metres away from his friends. As they prepared to explore the caves, they noticed that their companion had been underwater for an unusually long time. Suddenly, a tank emerged on the surface and the diver was floating beneath it. The divers called local residents in the area for help.
The cause of the death has not yet been established. Police say the victim might have become exhausted while diving, developed symptoms from an illness or passed out before he drowned. His body was sent to a local hospital for a post-mortem examination, said Pol Col Chokdee.
A crowd of people gather at Talay Songhong park, a popular diving site in Thung Yai district of Nakhon Si Thammarat after a British national was found floating dead in the water. (Photo by Nujaree Raekrun)