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Kazakh teenager drowns at northern Phuket beach

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The body of a Kazakh teenager who went missing while swimming at Phuket’s Nai Yang beach last Friday night, has been washed ashore two days later. The Bangkok Post reports that 18 year old Dmitriy Rochsha, a tourist from Kazakhstan, went swimming with a friend at Nai Yang Beach, in the north of the island, on Friday evening, September 1.

Phuket’s weather over the past three days has been very wet and stormy and the west coast beaches unsuitable for swimming.

According to Sakarin Anusamansakul, chief of the provincial tourist police, the boy’s friend came out of the water alone, asking local residents for help as his friend had disappeared. The police were called and a search operation got underway.

However, bad weather and big waves meant the search was called off at about 8.30pm, resuming the following morning. Local officials set up a search centre at Nai Yang Beach and a team of 13 rescuers, using 2 rubber dinghies, continued to scour the water. The search was again called off at around 3.40pm, due to the continuous bad weather.

Yesterday morning the boy’s body washed up on the beach and was sent to Thalang Hospital for an autopsy. The Kazakh embassy has been notified. According to the report, his family arrived in Phuket on Saturday.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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