Man drowns in Bang Lamung reservoir
Bang Lamung –
A man has drowned at a reservoir in Nongprue. His wife and locals believe his death might be connected with a mysterious gold soft-shelled turtle and a so-called curse on gold animals.
Lt Col Noppadon Raksawong of the Nongprue Police was notified that a man has been missing near Chark Nok Reservoir this morning.
Police and rescue divers arrived at scene and it took about one hour to find the body of the man under water.
The man was later identified as 36 year old Kittiphong Soboonma. There were no signs of a struggle on his body.
It is believed that he has died at least 12 hours before his body was recovered.
52 years old Waraphon Narkkoo who is Mr. Kittiphong’s wife told The Pattaya News that 15 days ago he had caught a rare gold soft-shelled turtle (snapping turtle).
His family was worried as there was a man who had drowned after catching a gold fish at this reservoir before. Several superstitions in the local culture speak against keeping gold fish and animals. They asked him to release the gold snapping turtle.
Last night, he brought the gold soft-shelled turtle back to the reservoir. He didn’t come back home.