Elderly Korean Tourist Found Dead While Snorkelling At Sapi Island Seas

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A worker at the island resort in Pulau Gaya points to the spot where the body of was found floating on Sunday.
A worker at the island resort in Pulau Gaya points to the spot where the body of Myun Jok was found floating on Sunday. – Photo credit PDRM Kota Kinabalu

KOTA KINABALU – A female Korean tourist died, believed to have drowned, while snorkeling at the popular Padang Point waters off Pulau Sapi Sunday morning.

The woman, identified as Jung Myun Gok, 68, was part of a snorkeling party which had taken to the water at about 11am, according to the NST online.

About 30 minutes later, a friend spotted the victim floating lifelessly in the water, with her life jacket on and snorkel still attached.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra said the victim’s friend sought help from a lifeguard, who immediately brought the victim out of the water.

“The lifeguard performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), but the victim remained unconscious.

“The victim was then rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead,” he said, adding that no injuries were found on the victim’s body.

Less than two weeks ago, a 52 year-old female Korean tourist drowned in the swimming pool of a resort here.