Details emerge after Aussie man found dead in Thailand

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An Australian man has been found dead in Thailand after he went missing while driving his boat

Robert Wojcik, who had moved to Ko Pu island from NSW, went missing when he was cruising in his boat off the coast near Ban Laem Hin on the night of June 1. 

It is believed he left the pier that afternoon, but the 28-year-old lost contact with his partner five hours later.

Friends desperate to find him posted an appeal on social media on June 2, saying he was last seen driving his boat which was found abandoned off shore. 

He was without a phone and the social media post claimed one engine on his boat had broken but the other was still working. 

Mr Wojcik had his iPad with him, which he used to communicate, and it is believed he last spoke to his dad about 9.30pm (AEST) the evening he vanished. 

Robert Wojcik takes a selfie in front of trees.
Robert Wojcik went missing while sailing in his boat. Source: Facebook

However, it was missing when the boat was recovered. 

"His [girlfriend] sent fisherman out to look for him [the morning of June 2] and they found his boat," the post said.

"The keys were in the engine, his wallet and bag were there but the iPad was missing."

The post added it was presumed he had fallen overboard. 

His body was later found that day on the shore in the Taling Chan district where paramedics took him to a nearby hospital.

"Robert's body was found during our search and rescue mission the next day," rescue officer Nithiphat Mongkolpradit said.

Robert Wojcik's boat nest to the pier.
Robert Wojcik's boat was found abandoned. Source: Facebook

Robert Wojcik believed to have fallen overboard

Police Major Taweelarb Suwannarerk, an inspector from Krabi Marine Police Station, said investigations into the incident are still ongoing but it is believed that the Aussie fell onto the water while sailing.

"We have taken the boat to the shore for gathering evidence. We are still waiting for the autopsy result but initial investigations showed that he fell while sailing," he said. 

Mr Wojcik arrived in Thailand as a tourist about a year ago but had since been living there. 

His devastated partner Benjathip said she was heartbroken by the news. 

"Robert went out in the afternoon to buy boat equipment in the town but I could not contact him after a few hours," she said.

"I was worried and then I heard from the police that he was missing.

"When they told me he was dead I cried, my heart broke, because he's never coming back."

Yahoo News Australia has contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs for comment. 

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