An Australian tourist died in a swimming accident in Thailand on Saturday, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials confirmed. And in a separate swimming accident on the same beach, a Chinese tourist also died.
Both the accidents happened in a Southern Thai resort island of Koh Samui.
A spokesperson said, “the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can confirm that it has received official notification from Thai authorities of the death of an Australian man in Koh Samui.”
Authorities added that they are not going to give any details of the deaths out of respect for the men’s family.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Apichart Jansamret confirmed that the two men died while swimming off Chaweng beach during a high tide on Saturday. Two other people were reported to have been injured.
As reported by Sky News, Jansamret also revealed that there were no red flags nor warnings in the spot to caution tourists about the danger of swimming there. He said that the sea looked deceptively calm at the beach. However, it was easy for anyone to fall into deep waters.
Koh Samui is one of the most popular tourists’ destinations in Thailand particularly during the New Year when it transforms into a tourists’ paradise. Last year there were 29 million tourists in the Island, reported the guardian.
On another beach in Bali, Indonesia, a second Australian tourist lost her life on New Year’s Day . Maureen Eddison, a 55-year-old woman was holidaying with her family in Nusa Lemongan, an island situated in the south east of Bali when she became sick after 45 minutes of snorkeling.
She was immediately brought to the community health center after complaining about feeling ill to her family members but was declared dead by the hospital authorities.
Sanglah forensics facility coordinator Ida Bagus Putu Alit reported that Eddison died of suffocation due to lack of oxygen, according to the news.com.au.