A 76-year-old Russian woman, named as Nina Barova, drowned in the sea off Jomtien Beach late Wednesday night. It appears the elderly woman had gone to the beach alone and it is not known whether she had any relatives traveling with her.
Her body was spotted by a young Thai man who was sitting on the seawall opposite the entrance to Soi 1 and not far from the Dongtan police box.
Pattaya One reports that he
shouted out and seconds later, two foreign tourists, known to be father and son, rushed into the water and recovered the body of the woman but it was too late as she had already passed away.
Her body has now been sent to Bangkok for a postmortem examination to establish the exact cause of death.
A 67-year-old French expat was killed Sunday in a daytime road crash on Sukhumvit Road in South Pattaya after his motorcycle was struck by a speeding car, whose driver police suspect was drunk.
Pattaya One reports:
Lying on the road next to his badly damaged motorbike was the body of Mr. Christian Brune. Police assumed from the level of damage and injuries sustained to Mr. Brune that this was a high-speed impact.
The badly damaged Toyota Soluna belonging to an employee of the nearby Makro superstore on Sukhumvit Road was found next to the crash site. The Bangkok Post adds that the car had “dragged the elderly Frenchman and his motorcycle for another 50 metres after the crash.”
According to Pattaya One, the seemingly intoxicated driver told police he had just
left the store and was preparing to make a U-turn at the Thepprasit Road junction when the motorbike of Mr. Brune, came out in front of him, allowing him no time to avoid a collision.
Police are suspicious of the car driver’s story and detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on the man.
The 39-year-old Thai man was arrested and taken to Pattaya Police Station pending further investigations.