Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Scuba diving boss drowns in sea: police

Scuba diving boss drowns in sea: police

Scuba diving boss drowns in sea: police

Preah Sihanouk provincial police on Tuesday found the body of a South African scuba-diving business owner who drowned in waters off Koh Rong island.

Kol Phallin, deputy police chief in Preah Sihanouk, yesterday announced the death of Rowland Darryl Holmes, 57, who owned and worked as an instructor at Freedom Dive Center, a diving destination that includes guest bungalows.

The department ruled out foul play in the death, Phallin said yesterday, asserting the fact that Holmes was intoxicated while swimming most likely contributed to his drowning.

“After a technical official examined his body, it was determined that he was drunk when he went swimming,” Phallin said. “There’s no suspicion of murder.”

Holmes’s body was taken to Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh by representatives of the United States Embassy.

In a death notice on the website for Independent Newspapers – a South African newspaper group – Holmes’s children say goodbye.

“May you be in peace! We love you! You will never be forgotten,” says the notice, published in South African newspaper the Cape Times on Tuesday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group