Two days after he went missing, the body of a drowned Indian tourist has been washed ashore at a beach in Phuket.
A beachgoer found the body with his face down on the sand at Karon Beach in Phuket’s Mueang district on Friday, July 27. Police established the identity of the man, who only wore black swimming shorts, and revealed that he had been missing for two days.
“Gaurav Mann and his friend, both tourists from India, went into the water at Karon Beach on Wednesday, July 25, at around 16:30” Pol Capt Suwisit Kirirak of Karon Provincial Police Station said. “About 30 minutes later, they got into a strong rip current which swept away Mr Mann.” Lifeguards from a nearby beach managed to rescue Mr Mann’s friend but failed to find Mr Mann himself.
On Friday, July 27, a man’s body was washed ashore in front of Karon Park. Police confirmed that it was Mr Mann’s body. A medical examinator estimated that Mr Mann, who was 33 or 34> years old, had been dead for about two days, matching the timeframe of his disappearance two days earlier.
The area where Mr Mann and his friend were swimming was marked with red flags and had no lifeguards. “A red flag indicates that it is too dangerous to enter the water at this time,” Pol Capt Suwisit explains. However, the two ignored the warning sign and went swimming.
Due to the current weather conditions, the Thai Meteorological Department has issued a strong weather warning for the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, The Phuket News reported>. The advice is in effect until July 30. “Beachgoers who lose their footing can be swept out by large, angry waves,” cautioned the International Surf Lifesaving Association.
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