British tourist drowns after night out in Thailand

Holidaymaker was found dead off the coast of Phuket

British tourist drowns after night out in Thailand

A British tourist has drowned on holiday in Thailand.

Seb Palin, 31, was discovered by a tour boat in the water near Coral Island, off the coast of Phuket.

Thai police said there was no suspicion of foul play, and that he had been seen drinking late into the night at a beach bar, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Mr Palin was born and raised in Liverpool but had been living in Plymouth with his wife of three years, Victoria.

He was an avid Liverpool FC supporter, and was captain at the Plymouth City Football Club (PCFC).

He was also an active fundraiser for the charity Mind and St Lukes Hospice Plymouth, and had pledged to run 10 marathons this year.

His friends and family have vowed to continue fundraising on his behalf.

Pal Ross Helmich recently posted on Seb's Facebook page, writing: "In memory of our best friend Seb Palin we have decided to carry on his legacy by running the Plymouth half marathon for him and carry on his selfless fund raising efforts. In Sebs own words, 'donate or don't, but be nice, be happy and keep laughing!'"

You can donate to the cause at

A post on the site reads: "He may have been little but he had the biggest heart out there. If there was anyone in the world who deserved to live a full, happy life it was Seb!

"Any donations in his memory to these causes which meant so much to him would be truly appreciated."

Speaking to the Plymouth Herald, PCFC manager Chris Cooper said: "The last 12 months I've known him have been the best 12 months of my life. We are all speechless.

"Every player on the team looked up to him and he inspired everyone.

"He will be sadly missed by us all at Plymouth City."

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