Phan Thong —
A 59-year-old public servant from the Chonburi Royal Irrigation Department drowned in a reservoir while fishing.
Pol. Lt. Col. Songpol Thongthap from the Phan Thong Police Station was notified of a missing person at a reservoir in the Bang Hak subdistrict of Phan Thong, Chonburi, and rushed to the scene at about 4.30 a.m. on August 25th.
Police arrived at a reservoir and met with the friend of the victim Ms. Ladda Keewong, 70, at the reservoir.
According to her, she came to look for her friend Krit Boonrawd, a 59-year-old contract public servant from the Chonburi Royal Irrigation Department who had left the office to open a floodgate but had gone missing since yesterday afternoon.
Ms. Ladda said she discovered Mr. Krit’s shoes and bucket on the bank, but he was nowhere to be found, so she asked the local residents to help search for him in the inundated reservoir. The result, however, terrified Ladda as the residents ran into a rope attached to a fishing net floating far off the bank.
Pol. Lt. Col. Songpol called for reinforcements and began to screen the reservoir. Over twenty rescue workers and police joined in this mission before they finally found the victim under the water after several hours. The 59-year-old victim, however, had drowned and could not be brought back, according to reports.
Krit’s body was transferred to Phan Thong Hospital for an autopsy. Officer Songpol said he would inform the victim’s relatives and family about his tragic demise.
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