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The bodies of the boys were taken yesterday to Tabpud Hospital

Two Boys Drown in Canal North of Phuket

Monday, December 14, 2015
PHUKET: Two boys drowned yesterday in a canal in Phang Nga, north of Phuket, because they couldn't swim and a potential rescuer also couldn't swim.

Wachiramongkon Nur-On, aged seven, and Tosaporn Kongyot, 10, were last seen alive playing by the Marui canal in Tabpud district about 5pm.

It's possible, police believe, that the boys misjudged the amount of water in the canal. At some points, the level is low enough for wading, but at other points, it was still quite deep.

A fisherman who saw the boys in the water was a non-swimmer and unable to help so he had to run to attract the attention of neighboring residents who pulled the lifeless bodies from the canal.

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Poor kids, unneeded lost of children life, if just family are better looking after kids of that age.
Children of that age are not able to see/estimate danger.
As family life in Thailand is so important, well, what to say, just R.I.P. Very sad.

Posted by Kurt on December 14, 2015 20:28

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There needs to be, at the very least, an island-wide campaign to teach people how to swim. Too many stories like this are avoidable, completely avoidable. It's a pretty lofty goal to expect everyone in Thailand to learn how to swim, but the residents of Phuket and other islands should be able to save their own lives. I would be happy to teach anyone. I am former U.S. Navy rescue swimmer and supervised many sailors in their quest to conquer their fear of the water. I have inquired into doing this...but have faced many barriers with work permit issues (I already have one for part-time consulting). Volunteering is illegal under Thai law without a work permit. Because of this, Thais must teach other Thais how to swim at a young age and continue to cultivate this ability.

Posted by Tony on December 14, 2015 23:41

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Not just an island wide campaign about swimming a nation wide campaign is needed.
Most schools have plenty of land to build pools but doubtful goverment would divert funds for this.

Posted by Michael on December 15, 2015 06:02

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Sad sad sad sad R.I.P. Boys ;(

Posted by Bjorn Ronningen on December 15, 2015 10:40


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