Indian tourist found dead in Pattaya pool

The lifeless body of Hars Kumar Panuganti was pulled from the pool on Sunday
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A foreigner man in Pattaya tried to escape the heat by jumping into the swimming pool of his condo to cool himself down. Two hours later, he was found dead.

The information was published by a Facebook user named Isara Barinyotai who posted pictures and a report early Monday morning. The incident itself happened the previous day at around 21:00 on Sunday evening.

This report was not released by Pattaya City police or authorities

The security guard of the Amata Chon Buri condominium in Nong Mai Daeng subdistrict had made an emergency call after he saw a dead body floating face down in the swimming pool. Mangorn Chon Buri rescue workers arrived shortly later to assist police in their investigation.

The man, who was later identified as 29-year-old Hars Kumar Panuganti from India, was floating lifelessly in the pool when the rescuers arrived. He was wearing black shorts and a white vest.

With a long wooden stick, the rescuers dragged Mr Panuganti to the side of the pool and pulled him out of the water.

There were no visible injuries to the body, the report on Facebook stated, concluding that Mr Panuganti had most likely drowned.

Police, who were also present at the scene, questioned a work colleague of Mr Panuganti. He told officers that Mr Panuganti had come to Thailand for work about one month ago. On the day of the incident, Mr Panuganti moaned about the heat.

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Records produced by the Thai Meteorological Department show the maximum temperature on that day was 34.3˚C.

To cool himself off, he jumped into the swimming pool at around 18:00. CCTV footage showed Mr Panuganti being alone in the water. After swimming in the pool for one hour, the noises abruptly stopped, prompting Mr Panuganti’s friend to check on him. He then found him dead in the pool.

Police collected evidence that might help to verify the cause of death. Rescue volunteers and a doctor transported the body to the forensic unit at Chon Buri Hospital. Police are in the process of contacting the family of Mr Panuganti.


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