HCM officer dies in Thailand

2015-05-07 06:00
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Devlyn Abbott died in Thailand on Tuesday.

PHOTO: twanet kirkby Devlyn Abbott died in Thailand on Tuesday.

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HIBISCUS Coast Protection Services officer, Devlyn Abbott­ (41), died while on holiday in Thailand on Tuesday.

Unconfirmed reports say Abbott slipped and fell in his hotel room however, Thai authorities are still investigating the exact cause of death.

Robyn Steyn, a friend of Abbott’s was the first to hear of his death.

“I helped Dev [Abbott] do research on his trip to Thailand. I was well aware of where he was going, the dates and times of return flights and the like,” said Steyn.

She said Abbott and her communicated everyday without fail.

“We chatted either via BBM or WhatsApp.

“The communication was sometimes tough because he could only pick up Wi-Fi in a restaurant at his hotel,” she said.

Steyn said she last conversed with Abbott on Sunday when he told her he had a terrible sinus infection and wanted to go to bed.

Worry mounted after two days when Steyn had not received any messages from Abbott.

She then called the hotel on Tuesday and asked staff to check on him.

When staff knocked on Abbott’s door, there was no answer so they broke open the door.

“That’s when they found him,” she added.

Steyn then received an email from the hotel saying that Abbott had died.

“I managed to contact Devlyn’s brother and we are in communication with the officials in Thailand.

“We will keep the community updated on the memorial service,” she said.

Steyn added that Abbott had made a huge impact on her life as well as the entire lower South Coast community.

She described him as a quirky, humurous­ person who was passionate about all he did in life.

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