British man drowns in Thai resort

2012-12-03 18:01

Bangkok - A 28-year-old British man has drowned after jumping into the sea in the Thai resort town of Pattaya after being chased by a group of Thai men wielding sticks and knives, police said on Monday.

The man, and two other Britons aged, 29 and 30, leapt into Pattaya Bay late on Sunday morning after being chased through a restaurant by several Thai men who they had argued with the previous night.

A fishing boat was only able to rescue the victim's two companions.

Police said the Thai men alleged the British trio had been drunk and had destroyed property in a hotel in the early hours of Sunday, prompting the argument and chase when the two groups again met several hours later.

No arrests have been made so far.

Thailand's image as the "Land of Smiles" has been tarnished in recent years by deadly political unrest, devastating floods and concerns about violent crimes against foreigners.

Pattaya, around two hours south of Bangkok, is one of the kingdom's tourist hubs and is renowned for prostitution and its wild, alcohol-fuelled nightlife.

  • deon.evert - 2012-12-03 19:10

    1. Don't with the locals. 2. Don't visit a sh.thole like Pattaya.

  • joemarshe.push - 2012-12-03 20:03

    I was there in May but they loved me long time.

  • thato.seloane - 2012-12-03 20:41

    And u thought they would start a riot like they do when their soccer teams lose back home

  • david.smith.127648 - 2012-12-04 07:31

    Typicall british Chavs coming to Thailand and destoying the local culture, good riddance!!! Pattaya, what a dump!!!

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