Body of drowned French tourist found

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PRACHINBURI, Sept 11 – Soldiers and emergency workers on Sunday retrieved the body of a French tourist who was swept away and drowned by raging floodwaters here last night while crossing a waterway at Prachin Buri’s Pai Khao Lam waterfall amid heavy rain.

The team worked all night but suspended their search at times due to poor weather until recovering the body at about 10am Sunday.

The dead man was identified as Remi Huet, 34. His body was found under a pile of bamboo with his rucksack and crash helmet. His body was brought to a military hospital for medical autopsy pending collection by his family.

Mr Huet reportedly visited the waterfall with three friends, including Chana Prasitthiwej, a Thai who told police that he was the victim’s business partner. They had been cycling and stopped at the waterfall where the Frenchman was the last person crossing the waterway.

His friends tried to save his life but to no avail as the strong current quickly swept his body away. They then called for help from nearby villagers and the local authorities.