A local resident out rowing in an irrigation canal drowned in the Koh Jan district over the weekend, according to law enforcement authorities.
The Koh Jan Police were notified of the incident in the late afternoon yesterday, March 6th, 2021 by a co-worker of the man who reported that they had seen the victim tumble from his boat after being reportedly hit by a strong current and did not resurface.
Koh Jan police arrived at the scene along with special dive rescue teams at the canal which is about fifteen meters wide and roughly five meters deep in most sections, according to dive team members.
It took more than three hours to find the body of Mr. Chawee Suklon, 38, from Surin. He was found about 500 meters away from where he was last seen with his boat.
Friends of the victim reportedly told Koh Jan police that Mr. Chawee was rowing a boat to the opposite side while they were working near the canal. A strong current reportedly hit his boat, causing him to lose control and tumble into the water where he vanished beneath the surface and did not re-emerge.
Koh Jan police stated to the Associated Thai press that a preliminary investigation of the tragic incident appeared to confirm the statements of the friends of Mr. Chawee.
Story by The Pattaya News
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