An unemployed man who was searching for shells has sustained serious injuries after being rescued from drowning near the Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya at about noon today (June 5th).
First, a video of the event:
Emergency responders and the Pattaya Marine Patrol were notified of the incident at 12:06 P.M. at the Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya.
They and The Pattaya News arrived at the scene to find the injured Thai man whose name was withheld aged around 60 lying unconscious on the beach. He had sustained serious injuries after nearly drowning. He was rushed to a local hospital for medical assistance.
A witness, Mr. Eakkarat Kamlah, 37, who was looking for shells with the injured man, told The Pattaya News reporters, “We were construction workers and have worked together for many years and are good friends but became unemployed after our employer downsized and laid us off due to Covid-19 related cost measures. This happened after the recent round of restrictions and infections in April.”
“We were searching for shells and related items to help with the cost of living. I had been bent over searching and not heard him talk for a few minutes and when I turned around he was face down in the water. I pulled him up to the shore before calling for help.”
Emergency responders noted to The Pattaya News that they believe the man might have fainted as a result of the heat this afternoon, causing him to nearly drown. The man remains at a local hospital and is expected to make a recovery, the first responders added.
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