14-Year-Old Boy Drowns in Chonburi Reservoir, His Friend Survives

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Chonburi —

A 14-year-old boy tragically drowned after a boat he sneaked into the water with his friend capsized in a reservoir in the Banglamung district of Chonburi on Saturday afternoon, October 14th. His friend survived the incident unharmed.

The victim, whose name was withheld due to his young age, passed away after drowning in the Huai Khun Chit Reservoir in the Takhian Tia sub-district. The drowning tragedy unfolded when the two 14-year-old boys decided to secretly take a boat belonging to a local resident and row it out in the middle of the reservoir for fun.

The surviving victim, who was named by police as “A (alias),” managed to swim to the shore of the reservoir uninjured after his boat capsized. He then decided to inform residents in his village because his friend had disappeared under the water.

At 12:30 PM, emergency responders and Banglamung police arrived at the reservoir and promptly began searching for the missing boy. After around half an hour, the body of the child was found at the bottom of the water source. He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.

Upon inquiry, A recounted that he and his friend came to play at the reservoir in the afternoon. They then noticed a villager’s fishing boat hidden by the shore, so they decided to secretly take the boat and row it out into the water for a joyride.

While they were about 100 meters from the shore, A claimed the deceased rocked the boat for unknown reasons, causing water to enter the vessel. The boat eventually sank, and A’s friend struggled to swim. The surviving child, who was capable of swimming, said he already tried to help his friend but could not manage. Thus, he had to swim back to the shore to save himself.

As of press time, no one has come forward to claim ownership of the boat. The 14-year-old victim was transferred to a local hospital to await funeral arrangements.


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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.