Thai police investigate death of Irish tourist

POLICE in Thailand are investigating the death of a young Irish woman whose body was found washed up on a beach in one of the country’s holiday resorts.

Linda Crossan, 28, from Greaghdrumitt, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, is thought to have drowned while swimming just a couple of days into her sunshine break with friends but it is unclear when she entered the water or how long she was missing.

Her family said last night that friends had tried to save her but were unable. Her body was recovered some time later from the shoreline of the island of Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand where the group had been staying since the weekend.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said staff at the nearest diplomatic offices, the Irish Embassy in Singapore, were in contact with the Thai authorities who were attempting to determine the exact circumstances of the tragedy.

They were also providing assistance to Ms Crossan’s family who were last night making arrangements to fly to Thailand to claim her remains although it is likely to be late in the week before they will be in a position to know when they can bring her home.

The victim was the only daughter of local businessman Patsy Crossan and his late wife, Laura, who died suddenly at Christmas six years ago. She had four brothers, Jonathan, Donal, Declan and Noel who work locally at the family’s shop front fitting and joinery business at Drumgurra on the outskirts of Carrickmacross.

Linda was educated locally and trained as a nurse, qualifying after training at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. She had returned to Carrickmacross to the family home in recent years, and worked in nursing part-time.

The Crossans are well-known as important employers in the area and for their involvement in community and sporting activities. They issued a short statement last night, describing the loss of a daughter and sister who loved to travel and had been to Thailand previously as well as India, but who also loved quiet moments reading, writing and knitting. The family expressed their gratitude to their relatives and friends and all in the local community who had supported and help them since the tragic news was broken to them, including the gardaí in Carrickmacross and their local TD, Dr Rory O’Hanlon.

Local people also spoke of their shock at the loss of a young woman who they described as a “lovely and sincere girl” who enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people but who was also very much at home in her native town.

Ms Crossan is the latest in a series of Irish travellers to lose their lives on trips abroad recently. Colm Reilly and Kiara Duncan, both aged 20 and from Slane, Co Meath, died after a car crash in Perth in western Australia where they were on a working holiday last month.

In September, Brian Murphy, aged 31, from Mayfield in Cork city drowned while on a trip with his brother in Hong Kong and Derry backpacker, Aaron Toland, aged 22, was one of 89 people who died when their plane crash-landed in the Thai resort of Phuket. Derek Cumiskey, aged 18, from Dublin, died from a beating after he was attacked while holidaying with his sister in Lanzarote in August, and in July, Padraig Breslin, 25, from Aighe, Ardara, Co Donegal, drowned in his hotel swimming pool at a resort in the Canaries while a 17-year-old Irish boy died in a jet ski accident in the Bulgarian coastal resort of Golden Sands.

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