Kiwi drowns in Thai holiday hotspot
A 24-year-old New Zealand woman has died in an apparent drowning in Thailand.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism (MFAT) confirmed yesterday they were providing consular advice to the woman’s family back in New Zealand after local police told The Phuket News that the woman’s body was spotted by a worker on a boat floating near Phi Phi (pictured) in Lo Dalum Bay, off the coast of Phuket, on Wednesday.
Phi Phi Island police spokesman Tanagon Tammakan said the woman was on the island with a tour group, but had decided to stay on without them.
‘‘She remained on Phi Phi by herself and is believed to have drowned while swimming on Wednesday morning. However, details are still under investigation,’’ Tammakan told The Phuket News.
She was wearing a blue bikini top and denim shorts when she was found.
Her body was pulled from the water and taken to Koh Phi Phi Hospital.
‘‘The hospital examination revealed no signs of violence on the body and the doctor ruled the cause of death as drowning. They then confirmed her identity through her tattoos. We have contacted and informed the woman’s relatives,’’ said Lt Tanagon.