Man drowns in strong current of Kwai Noi River

Man drowns in strong current of Kwai Noi River

The body of Narongsak Sangkharit is taken from the Kwai Noi River to a beach on Monday after he drowned on the previous day. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI – Rescuers have found the body of a man drowned while swimming across the Kwai Noi River on Sunday.

Divers discovered the body of Narongsak Sangkharit trapped by a tree branch underwater in their second attempt to locate him after they stopped diving at a spot where he disappeared when it got dark in Thong Pha Phum district on Sunday.

Prathet Boonyong, the mayor of Tambon Thong Pha Phum, said on Monday that he had contacted operators at the Vajiralongkorn Dam upstream to temporarily stop discharging water as the strong current obstructed the search.

The body was sent for an autopsy at Thong Pha Phum Hospital, he added.

Narongsak, 28, and two other friends were on a weekend vacation at a river beach and went for a swim to the other side of the river on Sunday afternoon.

When the three were swimming, the strong current came and the water level of the river suddenly rose, one of his friends told police. Two of them managed to reach the bank but Narongsak could not make it, he added.

The strong current was believed to come from the dam which was releasing water for farmers downstream and for electricity generation.

The mayor said the Tambon Thong Pha Phum Municipality has posted signs warning swimmers to be cautious of the river with guards on standby in the area, which is popular among local people.

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