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German tourist drowns off Koh Puos

German tourist drowns off Koh Puos

THE naked body of a German tourist was found floating near Koh Puos Island off the coast of Preah Sihanouk province on Thursday afternoon, local police said on Sunday.

Preah Sihanouk provincial police said the body of Hausler Erwinenst, 53, would be cremated at the province’s Krom pagoda on Sunday, after a postmortem examination revealed that the man died from drowning.

“The examination disclosed that the German tourist died of drowning, not in connection to any intentional killing,” Lok Limin, deputy chief of the province’s technical police office, said on Sunday.

He added that there were no wounds on the corpse when it was pulled out of the water by local fishermen on Thursday.

According to the deceased man’s passport, Erwinenst arrived in Cambodia in November and travelled to Preah Sihanouk province a month later, taking a room at the Marina Hotel in Sihanoukville.

Lok Limin said that his corpse was found a day after he went out to swim. All of his property has been taken into police custody.

The Germany Embassy in Phnom Penh could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

The drowning comes after Australian national John Edward Thompson, 47, was killed by a band of muggers in Sihanoukville’s Number 3 commune in December.

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