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British diver, 60, dies after his air supply runs out while he is 400 feet below the surface in the Thai lake

British diver, 60, dies after his air supply runs out while he is 400 feet below the surface in the Thai lake

  • British tourist found dead after his air supply was exhausted while diving in Thailand
  • The Brit believed to have died of suffocation after trying to reach the surface
  • Data from the dive watch of the victim show that his oxygen supply was running out

A British tourist was found dead after his air supply ran out during an underwater dive in Thailand.

The man and his Thai friend Torsak Varinchaikamol, 56, explored an idyllic dive site in Nakhon Si Thammarat, southern Thailand on Saturday afternoon.

Both dived with air supplies that could last an hour, with the Brit going to 398 ft while his partner plunging deep into the vast lake to 360ft.

A British tourist was found dead after his air supply ran out during an underwater dive in Thailand

A British tourist was found dead after his air supply ran out during an underwater dive in Thailand

After 47 minutes, the Thai diver returned to the surface and spotted his friend lying on rocks on the coast.

He thought he was resting, but when he started talking to the Brit, he found that he had already stopped breathing. Torsak immediately contacted the emergency services for help.

The victim was taken to the hospital where doctors tried to revive him, but he was declared dead.

Police investigators said they had asked diving specialist Porasu Gomaratat, 44, to investigate the case, who said he probably died of a sudden change in pressure or suffocation.

He thought he was resting, but when he started talking to the Brit, he found that he had already stopped breathing. Torsak immediately contacted the emergency services for help

He thought he was resting, but when he started talking to the Brit, he found that he had already stopped breathing. Torsak immediately contacted the emergency services for help

He thought he was resting, but when he started talking to the Brit, he found that he had already stopped breathing. Torsak immediately contacted the emergency services for help

Diving equipment on site. It is believed that he tried desperately to float back to the surface after he had seen his oxygen supply decrease

Diving equipment on site. It is believed that he tried desperately to float back to the surface after he had seen his oxygen supply decrease

Diving equipment on site. It is believed that he tried desperately to float back to the surface after he had seen his oxygen supply decrease

It is believed that he tried desperately to float back to the surface after he had seen his oxygen supply decrease.

He said: & # 39; The data from the victim's dive watch shows that he was quickly coming out of the deep water while his oxygen supply was running out and his helium tank was not working properly.

& # 39; The helium tank should help reduce the intoxication of nitrogen and oxygen during deep diving and its failure can cause suffocation.

Diving equipment from the stage. Police investigators said they had asked diving specialist Porasu Gomaratat, 44, to investigate the case, who said the victim probably died of a sudden change in pressure or suffocation.

Diving equipment from the stage. Police investigators said they had asked diving specialist Porasu Gomaratat, 44, to investigate the case, who said the victim probably died of a sudden change in pressure or suffocation.

Diving equipment from the stage. Police investigators said they had asked diving specialist Porasu Gomaratat, 44, to investigate the case, who said the victim probably died of a sudden change in pressure or suffocation.

People gather at the edge of the lake where a 60-year-old British man died on Saturday

People gather at the edge of the lake where a 60-year-old British man died on Saturday

People gather at the edge of the lake where a 60-year-old British man died on Saturday

& # 39; In addition, rising rapidly from the deep water to the surface can cause a pressure change that prevents sufficient oxygen from traveling to the brain, which can cause a shock to the diver. & # 39;

Colonel of the police, Chokdee Rakwattanapong, said they would take the body to the provincial hospital for the post-mortem examination.

He said: & # 39; The body has been delivered to the hospital and we are waiting for the test result before we can confirm the cause of his death. & # 39;

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