Russian tourist Fedor Samsonov appeared to suffer severe shock as he grabbed a handrail after leaving the swimming pool at the Dewa Karon Beach Resort, on the hillside above Karon beach. He was still dripping wet.
A resort F&B manager, Surasak Pechtsud, 33, attempted to help Mr Samsonov, but also suffered apparent eletrical shock. Mr Samsonov's wife and two young daughters were still in the swimming pool when he suffered what appeared to be electrocution about 8pm.
Police will continue their investigations into the tragedy today, said Lars Ydmark, a well-known Phuket hotelier who opened the Karon resort under the Dewa brand on December 7.
''We are still waiting to get a clear picture,'' he told Phuketwan today. ''Our staff member who went to the man's assistance is ok today.
''He was checked at Vachira Phuket Hospital and allowed to go after observation.''
Mr Ydmark, who travelled to the resort last night when he heard about the incident, said when asked whether he could confirm it was an electrocution: ''We don't have the full facts. I can't say yea or nae to that.''
The resort manager would be assisting police investigations today, he said.
Colonel Boonlert On-Kang, of Chalong Police Station, went to the resort last night and was in no doubt about the cause of the man's death.
Colonel Boonlert said today he hopes authorities organise a check of all electrical wiring near resort pools across Phuket.