Intoxicated man drowns after drunken swimming competition in Sattahip water drainage pipes

Sattahip –

An intoxicated man drowned after he decided to hold a drunken swimming competition with a friend in a series of water drainage pipes that runs under a road in the Sattahip district.

The Sattahip Police were notified of the incident yesterday afternoon (August 27th) in the Bang Sarae sub-district. The incident took place at the exit of a series of water drainage pipes that run under local roads.

Sattahip Police and The Pattaya News arrived at the scene to find the body of the victim who was identified only as Mr. Tam, aged around 30 years old. His body was taken to a local hospital to prepare for a funeral.

His friend, Mr. Daecha Kaewwichean, 38, told Sattahip police, “We were drinking alcohol all afternoon together while it was raining heavily. We decided to do a swimming competition in the floodwater in side-by-side water drainage pipes which run under the main road. The competition was for who could swim the fastest through the road drain pipes and emerge first which were full of rushing water.”

“I managed to make it through the pipes, which had a fast and a heavy current, but Mr. Tam did not make it through. We had been drinking for hours and although he is normally a strong swimmer I believe due to being drunk he was unable to make it through the pipe.” Daecha concluded.

Sattahip police stated to the Pattaya News that Mr. Daecha’s story appears to be correct and it is unlikely any charges will take place at this time. They advised swimmers to avoid deciding to swim in fast-moving canals and drainage pipes during storms. TPN media notes that due to Covid-19 restrictions swimming pools and beaches are currently closed.


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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya, Chonburi, and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.