A young man drowned in a canal in Samut Sakhon’s Muang district early on Friday while looking for coins in krathong floats.
Police were informed at 1.30 am that a man had gone missing in the Thahan Rua canal in front of Samut Sakhon provincial hall.
A team of scuba divers quickly found the body, later identified as Natthapol Yothongyos, 20, and a doctor later determined he had died about half an hour earlier.
Prapas Chaosamut, a volunteer security officer at the Loy Krathong festivities at the canal, said he had been told by a reveller to speak with four boys who had shouted that they had seen someone drowning.
Fellow revelers had not responded to the boys’ calls because they thought the boys were joking.