Death of a Russian tourist in Thailand: chronicle of the tragedy

05.10.2023
Death of a Russian tourist in Thailand: chronicle of the tragedy

A swimming trip ended in tragedy

On September 25, 2023, 22-year-old Enrique Rahman was spending time on the island of Lan with a 20-year-old local girl named Narada. The lovers decided to take a swim in the sea at Tien Beach. However, their swim was marred by a terrible tragedy.

When the couple was in the water, at high speed in the forbidden zone for watercraft entered the boat. It hit Enrique and Narada, fatally injuring them with its propellers. The boat then immediately fled, leaving the victims at sea.

An unsuccessful search and a shocking discovery

At first, only the body of the girl was found on the shore. Long searches for the Russian tourist did not yield results for two days. However, on September 27, Enrique's body was found in the sea 60-70 meters from the site of the tragedy. It also had serious damage from the impact of the boat. This sad news came as a shock to the family and friends of the deceased.

Investigation into the circumstances of death

The police of the resort city of Pattaya, to which the island is subordinate, immediately began an investigation into the tragedy. The bodies of the victims were sent to Bangkok for examination, and the Russian consulate was notified about the incident.

The investigation found that the boat was driven by 19-year-old Thawatchai Chomphuphong. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter of two people. Although the guy himself claims that he did not notice the collision.

In addition, there were no warning signs at the scene of the tragedy, as the safety buoys had fallen into disrepair and were dismantled.

Stricter safety regulations

This tragedy has shown that water safety regulations on Lan Island are not enforced. To prevent similar incidents in the future, Pattaya Municipality will speed up the installation of new warning buoys at dangerous locations near beaches.

In addition, the authorities urged travel agencies to make more use of Pattaya's special moorings to prevent boats from moving erratically near the shore. A more responsible attitude to rules on the water will help save the lives of vacationers.

Thorough investigation of this fatal accident and taking preventive measures are the key to the safety of tourists in the future.

Author of the article: Ekaterina Antonova