British Tourist, 51, Found Dead In River Kwai After ‘Argument With Girlfriend’

A British tourist was found dead in the River Kwai after a blazing row with his Thai girlfriend.

Robert Lyttle, 51, from Belfast, northern Ireland, and Supapansa Pornkhunthod, 35, were staying on a wooden raft guest house in the Sai Yok district.

They had checked in last weekend and had already enjoyed visits to the town’s war graves and death railway.

But they started arguing on Monday night while they were drunk. Supapansa stormed off and stayed with a maid. She returned in the morning but Robert was nowhere to be seen.

That was until Thursday morning when villagers down stream noticed the man’s body floating face down in the water.

Police don’t think there’s anything suspicious and agree with Supapansa that her partner had a drink problem and ‘a habit of quarrelling’.

She told cops that he often disappeared for a day or two after they had a row.


The body has now been sent for a post mortem examination to confirm the cause of death.

Inspector Chaiya Praiwon from the Sai Yok district police station said: ”The cause of death may be that he was walking and slipped into the river, or fell off the raft and into the river and disappeared.

”Preliminary results of the post mortem examination have found that there are no signs or abuse or physical injuries.”

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