A British diving instructor was discovered dead on an infamous “Death Island” under mysterious circumstances.
Neil Giblin, 48, was discovered dead in a rented bungalow on Koh Tao, Thailand, on Wednesday.
When he did not appear, two female clients raised the alarm.
Police said he died naturally and there was no sign of a struggle, but they have a reputation for dismissing foreigners’ deaths.
Fit and healthy Neil, from Birmingham, is the fifth instructor to die on the island in recent years.
A string of unexplained deaths and murders of backpackers and tourists has tarnished the island’s idyllic reputation.
One pal said: “Neil was found in his underwear on his sofa with a blanket on him and the medics who showed up said there was nothing suspicious.
“I was told the police said straight away there was nothing to investigate. It happened so quickly. I don’t even think they did an autopsy.
“I talked to Neil about some of the deaths that happened here.
“He told me what everyone tells me when I mention it, that you shouldn’t be talking about that stuff around here.”This just doesn’t add up to me. Nobody wants to question what the police said.”
Friends and clients have been pouring in tributes for the Brit.
Neil “called every day from the other side of the world when I was at the lowest point in my life,” according to colleague Darren Schlotter.
He said: “My heart is broken. Words cannot describe the pain I feel. The most positive person in my life, always there for me no matter what.”
Pal Shane Latham added: “My heart is totally broken right now by the news that one of my past diving instructors and mentors has passed away in Koh Tao.
“Neil Giblin was such an inspiration to me and how I teach. I will always cherish our talks and his words of wisdom.”