The bodies of a Thai-Indian billionaire couple have been taken for autopsy after apparently drowning in the in the two-metre deep pool at Jamahkiri Resort & Spa in Koh Tao, Surat Thani province on Friday evening, June 4th.
Officials from the Koh Tao Police Station along with medical officers from the Koh Tao Hospital arrived at the scene after being given reports that two tourists were injured at the pool of the hotel.
Rakeshwar Sachathamakul, 59, and his wife Anshoo, 55, were lying next to the pool, barely breathing. Medical officers then performed CPR before taking them to the hospital for treatment.
Unfortunately, they were both pronounced dead on the way to the hospital according to Koh Tao Police. According to their son’s statement, the family of three was on a vacation to Koh Tao. Before the incident, he reportedly went for a walk along the beach while his parents were swimming in the pool of the hotel.
When he came back, he discovered that they were motionless in the pool. He rushed to inform the hotel staff for help. The staff then performed first aid and called emergency responders before a team of doctors at Koh Tao Hospital and volunteers responded.
Police Colonel Kriangkrai Kraikaew, chief of the Koh Tao police, said that the police found no traces of a struggle or any other signs of foul play at the scene. Colonel Kriagkrai stated that the couple had some underlying health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea that likely contributed to the situation.
The couple were Thai-Indian nationals who own a billion-baht business with five-star hotels in Phuket. Officers from the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) are travelling to Surat Thani to look into the deaths. The CSD has been ordered to investigate their deaths by Pol Maj Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej, the deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB). A team of investigators will analyse the case to dispel out any doubts surrounding the deaths. Pol Maj Gen Jirabhop said police would investigate if Rakeshwar had any business conflict.
Rakeshwar was the co-owner and CEO of Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach hotel in Phuket and owned Bangkapi Mansion apartments on Sukhumvit Soi 12 in Bangkok. He was the managing director of Wireform A N (Thailand) Co, a manufacturer of precision springs and plastic parts with plants in Rayong and Prachin Buri.
Pol Col Kriangkrai Kraikaew, chief of Koh Tao police, said the couple’s bodies have been transferred to the Police General Hospital in Bangkok for an autopsy. Results are expected in one or two weeks.
Closed-circuit television cameras at the hotel had not been working for several months for maintenance during the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the hotel management. Investigators continued the investigation while their bodies are to be examined at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Police Hospital to ensure multiple doctors and experts’ opinions are brought to the case.
The son of the couple, Ratish Sachathamakul, 34, has stated that he also believes it was a tragic accident and that the Koh Tao police had handled the situation professionally, despite speculation online.