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Homeless hero saves man drowning in Bangkok canal

Homeless hero saves man drowning in Bangkok canal

THURSDAY, January 03, 2019

A homeless hero jumped into a Bangkok canal and saved the life of a drowning man early on Thursday morning.

Sanguan Kaenreung, 50, didn't hesitate to leap into the cold waters of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem canal at 5.42am to rescue Somkid Khaoyai, 57, while police and others were standing on the bank formulating a rescue plan. 

Sanguan said he had just been given a meal box from a kind-heart person and was beginning to eat it when he heard the call for help. 

"I can swim and I feared the person might die so I ran to the spot. I saw he was about to give in, so I jumped in to help him right away," he said.

Sanguan managed to grab the man before he passed out and keep his head above water. Police threw him a lifebuoy ring to hang onto and he then managed to get himself and the victim out of water near Hua Lamphong train station.

After receiving first-aid, Somkid was rushed to a hospital, while bystanders praised Sanguan for his heroic action.

Sanguan later told reporters that he has been homeless for many years as he had no family and he had no place to stay.