Unidentified man drowns in Sri Racha lagoon while fishing, police suspect man was heavily intoxicated

PHOTO: Si Racha Newspaper

Sri Racha-

An unidentified man drowned in a lagoon in Sri Racha while fishing and drinking alcohol earlier this week.

Police were notified of the incident at a lagoon in Nong Tayoo in the Surasak sub-district yesterday afternoon, March 3rd, 2022.

Police and rescue divers arrived at the scene to find the lagoon which is about five to ten meters deep. The body of an unidentified man was found floating face down in the lagoon. A fishing net and empty whisky bottles were found on land near the lagoon and assumed to have belonged to the man.

His body was recovered from the lagoon by rescue workers who said there was no sign of suspicious activity, however, the man was entangled in a fishing net and Sri Racha police believe the man was likely heavily intoxicated while fishing, leaving to his accidental drowning after getting drunkenly stuck in his own net. No identification documents were found on the man, who is of Asian descent, but, authorities are unsure if he is Thai or possibly a migrant from a nearby country.

A Cambodian witness, who went to the lagoon to fish also, first found the body. Mr. Tui La, the fisherman, and witness, told TPN media, “At first I thought I saw a large snake stuck in a fishing net. I waded out into the water for a closer look before I realized it was a dead body. I immediately called police and rescue services.”

Police are continuing their investigation to identify the man and to find his cause of death, stating that the man may have drowned overnight or early in the morning when very few, if any, people are at the lagoon.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang 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 more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, 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.