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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Irishman (43) dies while kite-surfing in Thailand

The man drowned in a heavy surf off the Hua Hin beach
The man drowned in a heavy surf off the Hua Hin beach

Elaine Keogh and Robin Schiller

A 43-year-old Irishman has died while kite-surfing in Thailand.

The man is understood to have been living in the south-east Asian country over the last number of years.

Local police said he drowned in a heavy surf off the Hua Hin beach after his line became entangled with a buoy.

The tragedy occurred shortly after midday local time today.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the incident and consular assistance is being provided.

According to local media reports, rescuers who pulled him unconscious from the sea tried to resuscitate him for at least 10 minutes but to no avail.

The man has been identified and police said he was a frequent visitor to the area. He was also married to a Thai woman.

Witnesses told the ‘Bangkok Post’ they saw the man’s control line become tangled with a buoy floating about 50 metres offshore, marking a swimming boundary.

He disappeared into the water and emergency personnel were immediately notified. Although rescuers reached him swiftly they took a long time to free him from his harness, and he drowned, police said.

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