Kiwi drowns in Thai hol­i­day hotspot

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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.

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