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Body recovered off Phuket coast believed to be missing Russian

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A body found floating off the Phuket coast yesterday is believed to be that of missing Russian tourist, Yuri Smoyan, who was washed out to sea while taking selfies.

Mr Smoyan was taking selfies with 3 friends at Promthep Cape in Rawai on Friday, May 12, when the group was thrown into the sea after being hit by strong waves. Rescue workers were notified and managed to pluck three of the men from the water, but Mr Smoyan could not be found.

Promthep Cape is located at the very southern end of the island.

Yesterday, May 14, a fisherman spotted a man’s body floating in the water at around 12.50, according to a Phuket Express report. The body was found around 200 metres off Laem Daeng Cliff in Kalim, near Patong, in the Kathu sub-district.

Rescue workers brought the body ashore and while its identity has yet to be formally confirmed, it’s believed to be that of the missing Russian tourist. The body has been taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital to determine the cause of death, while the authorities work with the Russian Embassy to confirm the man’s identity.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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