Police dig deeper for info on Chao Phraya drownings

national April 24, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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As part of investigation into drowning of two youths in Bangkok's Chao Phraya River on Tuesday, the police say they will summon more eyewitnesses, including the person who took the video clip of the event, as well as the drivers of the two ferries that p

A video clip of the young men’s calls for help being ignored by the two ferries went viral and drew severe criticism. The deceased were identified as a 13-year-old boy and 20-year-old Sarin Saekua.

Bang Kho Laem superintendent Pol Colonel Sombat Kaenwichit said police was waiting for testimony from the parents and was looking for more witnesses.

Initially police wanted the two ferry drivers’ action punished by a month in jail and/or Bt1,000 in fines as per the Criminal Code’s Article 374 aimed at people who refuse to help others in danger, he said. However, he added, the police would investigate the case further and ensure justice for all sides.

An informed source said the deceased and friends often swam in the area and had reportedly pretended to drown several times before, hence others might have ignored their call for help this time too, thinking it was pretence.

The boy’s father said his son could not swim well, and had survived a drowning accident five years ago. Sarin’s mother, meanwhile, said she was angry that the passing by boats did not help. The boy’s father agreed, but said he was in too much grief to blame anybody.

He also urged parents to keep an eye on their children and not let them go swimming on their own.


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