The lifeless body of a man which authorities said could be that of a Russian tourist who had gone missing after being thrown into the sea by strong waves was discovered in Phuket waters today, May 14th.
First our previous story:
Three Russian tourists have been rescued, while another is still missing after one of them was hit by a wave and washed out to sea while taking selfies at Prom Thep Cape in Rawai.
Now for our update:
The body of a white male foreigner clad only in black shorts was discovered by a local fisherman at around 12:50 PM today, May 14th, the Phuket Rescue Foundation reported.
It was found floating about 150-200 meters off the Laem Daeng Cliff near Kalim Beach in the Patong sub-district of Kathu district, Phuket. The rescue team went in search of the body and brought it ashore on a rubber boat at Yanui Beach in the Rawai sub-district of Mueang district.
Although the identity of the deceased is currently unknown, rescuers believed that it belonged to an unfortunate Russian tourist, Mr. Iurii Smoian, who had gone missing after being thrown off his boat into Phuket waters by strong waves. The man was reportedly taking a selfie with his friends before things turned disastrous, Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos told The Phuket Express on Saturday, May 13th.
The body was transported to Vachira Phuket Hospital for a thorough examination to determine the cause of death. Phuket authorities are working with the Russian embassy to identify the man as of press time.
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