Stag night swim on Phuket ends in tragedy

7 Mar 2011

A Briton on a stag party died after going for a swim with friends on his way home from a bar in Phuket. Daniel Medhurst, a 35-year-old from Maidstone in Kent, was last seen by his friends when they entered the waters off Bang Tao Beach on the western shore of the popular Thai holiday island.  

The group had been out for a meal and then gone to a local reggae bar before walking back to their hotel in the early hours of last Wednesday morning. After the friends came out of the sea and could not find Mr Medhurst, they thought he had already gone back to his room at the nearby Best Western Allamanda Laguna Hotel.  

When they discovered Mr Medhurst was not in his room, local police and hotel security staff were alerted. After combing the beach and the shallow areas of the sea, the man’s body was found washed up on the sands at 05:30.

The stag party members had been in Thailand for nearly two weeks when tragedy struck. Mr Medhurst was due to attend an unnamed friend’s wedding at the Laguna Phuket Chapel on Thursday.

Although the couple who were getting married were saddened by the death of their friend, the wedding is believed to have gone ahead.

With the advent of more frequent flights from Europe to Thailand and Phuket, the resort has become a favoured destination to combine a wedding ceremony and the celebrations that accompany it.

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