POLICE are investigating the thriller loss of life of an Aussie man whose physique was discovered on a ship off the coast of Thailand.
The stays of Robert Wojcik, 28, have been discovered not removed from the island of Ko Pu simply days after he was reported lacking.
Police suspect 28-year-old Robert Wojcik drowned whereas crusing off the coast of Ko Pu, Thailand[/caption]
Wojcik’s boat: native fishermen, who found the boat, discovered keys within the ignition and his pockets and bag nonetheless onboard[/caption]
Pals of the Australian nationwide raised the alarm after he did not return from a late-night boat journey on June 1.
Locals mentioned he left the pier within the afternoon and misplaced contact together with his Thai spouse 5 hours later earlier than rescuers on the Chaofa Krabi Heart acquired a report from native fishermen about his deserted yacht.
The next day, the fishermen discovered his boat offshore with keys within the ignition and his pockets and bag untouched.
“Robert’s physique was discovered throughout our search and rescue mission the following day. We rushed into the realm after receiving the decision,” one rescuer mentioned.
Because the search continued, Thai authorities finally uncovered his physique.
Wojcik’s iPad was the one possession lacking from the boat, which he had used to talk together with his father on the evening he vanished.
BODY ON BOAT
“The Division of Overseas Affairs and Commerce is offering consular help to the household of an Australian who just lately died in Thailand,” a spokesperson from the Australian division mentioned.
“Owing to our privateness obligations we is not going to present additional remark.”
Anxious household and buddy took to social media to enchantment for assist in discovering him.
“Presumed fallen overboard… we’d like folks to test waterways in path of tides final evening after final,” a publish in an area Phuket group learn.
Tributes got here flooding in after the information emerged of authorities discovering his physique.
The evening earlier than Wojcik was discovered, fishermen reported his yacht was drifting within the sea however there was nobody inside it[/caption]
Thai authorities have launched an investigation[/caption]
“You made my life enjoyable and stored me on my toes from the second you have been born,” Wojcik’s relative Alex Skoumbourdis wrote.
“You turned my finest buddy and grew into somebody who I used to be happy with.
“You have been a beam of sunshine the second you walked right into a room, together with your tales, your smile, your chortle … and your charisma.”
“He was an awesome human, gifted sailor and usually an all-rounder. Such unhappy information,” one individual wrote.
Wojcik, initially from Sydney, moved to the picturesque island of Ko Pu – situated simply off the nation’s west coast – in 2019 and stayed there throughout the pandemic.
Thai police suspect the Aussie fell onto the water whereas crusing.
“Now we have taken the boat to the shore for gathering proof. We’re nonetheless ready for the post-mortem outcome however preliminary investigations confirmed that he fell whereas crusing,” Police Main Taweelarb Suwannarerk mentioned.
Pals have additionally reported that one in every of two engines on the boat was recognized to have been defective.
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Robert arrived in Thailand as a vacationer earlier than he married his Thai spouse Benjathip Manapakorn, 27, in a Buddhist ceremony.
His devastated spouse mentioned: “Robert went out within the afternoon to purchase boat tools within the city however I couldn’t contact him after a couple of hours.
“I used to be fearful after which I heard from the police that he was lacking. Once they advised me he was useless I cried, my coronary heart broke, as a result of he’s by no means coming again.”