Maj Techin Deethongon of the Karon Police said he was notified of the man’s death at 1pm.
Officers responding to the call were told that the man, 60 years old, was staying at a nearby resort. He checked in on Sept 8 and was to check out on Sept 20.
The man went swimming and was dragged away from shore, , Maj Techin noted in his report.
Lifeguards brought the man back to shore, but he was unconscious and unresponsive, and lifeguards performed CPR.
An ambulance from the Accident Emergency Centre of the yet-to-open Chalong Hospital arrived, Maj Techin reported.
The man was pronounced some time later, he added.
The man’s body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital to confirm the cause of death, he noted.