Woman from Bangkok drowns during free diving practice in Sattahip

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Sattahip –

A woman from Bangkok drowned during her free diving practice in the Sattahip District yesterday (June 13th).

The Sattahip Police was notified of the incident at 6:30 P.M. on the East of Juan Island in the Samea San sub-district.

Law enforcement arrived at the Khao Ma Jor Pier to find the body of Ms. Hataya Rimpanavet, 35, from Bangkok.

Her husband, Mr. Ponlapat Tanomsap, 35, was present with the couple’s child and told the media that it had been her birthday only one day before.

The head of Sattahip rescue divers Mr. Pichit Keakkutan told local media, “Ms. Hataya was free diving and practising when she appears to have ran into trouble. Free diving is done with no scuba equipment. She had disappeared around noon while driving and it took more than two hours before her body was found under the sea, 14 meters from the water surface. We believe she may have suffered what is called a shallow water blackout.”

The body of Ms. Hataya will be taken for further investigation at a local medical facility and then returned to the family for religious rites. It was unclear how experienced a free diver Hataya was or who else was present while she was practicing.


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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.