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Missing man found dead by brother
Piers Simon
Piers Simon's passport was found in his pocket
The family of a Somerset man who was swept out to sea in Thailand have revealed his body has been found.

Piers Simon, 33, from Chilthorne Domer, near Yeovil, is believed to have died when the tsunami hit the café where he was breakfasting on Phi Phi.

His father, Henry Simon, 58, said he heard the news on Friday from his other son Luke, who remained in Thailand.

Luke, 30, an English teacher in the Thai city of Chiang Mai, had been searching for his brother.

Mr Simon said: "It's just heartbreaking, Luke phoned us this morning with the news.

We as a family want to make a tribute to Piers but at the moment it's just a bit too raw
Harry Simon, father
"The body was identified by Luke from photographs. There was no doubt about it.

"Pier's passport was in the pocket of his shorts along with the passport of one of his friends."

At the start of the week, a man registered under the phonetically similar name of Piuz Simmows was treated at a hospital in Krabi and later discharged.

Then the name Piers Symon was spotted on an Italian website of five survivors on Ko Lanta island, but he was a survivor from Bury St Edmunds.

The Simon family had hoped Piers had been prevented from making contact while suffering from shock.

Mr Simon added: "We as a family want to make a tribute to Piers but at the moment it's just a bit too raw."

Speaking from Thailand, Luke Simon said: "We have hardly slept for the last five days.

"We have been working 18-hour days, because that is what you do when you are trying to find your brother.

"But I wouldn't be telling the truth if I didn't say there was some sort of relief that we can now stop the worrying, the expectation and false hope."

A funeral and memorial service for Piers will be held in the next few weeks.

Missing son 'swept away' at cafe
29 Dec 04 |  Somerset

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