Grim fears for tourist missing off Ko Tao

Sairee beach, Ko Tao.

Sairee beach, Ko Tao. Image by Nick Hewson / CC BY 2.0

A Swiss tourist is feared to have drowned while snorkelling off Ko Tao, the Thai Gulf holiday island where two British backpackers were brutally murdered in September. The 44-year-old, who was last seen wearing orange swimming trunks and a single flipper, was reported missing after failing to return to Sairee Beach on Saturday afternoon. Ko Tao mayor Chaiyan Turasakul, however, said on Monday night that he believed the man was ‘still alive’. Read more: