Russian Tourist Drowns On Patong Beach

Patong –

A Russian tourist drowned at Patong Beach on Saturday (May 27th) in the early morning.

Emergency responders told the Phuket Express that they were notified of the incident at 7:30 A.M. today by family members of the victim on Patong Beach. They quickly arrived at the beach and rescue workers took about 20 minutes before they found the foreign man floating in the sea.

The victim was pulled up to the beach and was later identified as Mr. Rafaylovich Pavel, 53, a Russian national. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife, whose name was withheld, told Thai media the couple went swimming before her husband drowned after running into trouble in the water.

The Russian embassy has already been informed and the family is handling funeral arrangements.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.