Hero Rescuer DrownsA 9-year-old girl who fell off a banana boat was rescued by the 62 year old boat driver who then disappeared under the water and drowned, he was found by rescuers 2 hours later.
CHON BURI – October 13th 2015 [Pattaya Daily News]; Pol.Lt. Warit Bootthijak (Inquiry official of Saen Suk police station, Amphur Mueang Chon Buri, was notified that an old man had drowned in the sea off the coast of Bang Saen beach while trying to rescue an 8 year old girl.
At the scene the police found the body of Mr. Phong Wetkama, aged 62, who was the owner of a banana speed boat. Upon initial investigation the police found out that Mr Phong had a group of young students on the banana boat and when he was about 300 metres from shore an 8 year old girl student fell off the banana boat into the water but her life jacket came off.
He then quickly stopped the boat and jumped in to rescue her. She was quickly lifted from the water but Mr Phong who was exhausted at this time disappeared under the water and was eventually found by rescuers 2 hours later.