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21 October 2010 :: 18:10:07 pm 44547

Elderly Dutch Man Drowns After Accident in Pattaya Pool

A partially disabled elderly Dutch man has drowned in a Pattaya swimming pool on Thursday afternoon. The man is believed to have slipped at the waters edge, hitting his head before drowning in the pool.
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Pattaya, the 21st of October 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 2:30pm on Thursday, the Sawang Boriboon Foundation radio center was notified of a foreigner mans severe injury at the Niran Grand Condo Building in Soi Arunothai, Central Pattaya. Rescue teams were dispatched to the incident to render assistance.

Arriving at the scene rescue services found the unconscious body of a Dutch national, Mr. Jan Takens [78]. Mr. Takens had a wound above his left eye, which he is believed to have sustained while climbing into the pool.

Attempts to resuscitate the man failed as rescue services revealed that he had been unconscious for approximately 10-minutes prior to their arrival. The Sawang Boriboon Foundation subsequently called the police to investigate the death.

Under interrogation, Ms. Sililak Philaikul [44], Mr. Takens wife, revealed that her husband had been a frequent swimmer in the pool, despite his age and partial disability, which required regular the use of a wheelchair.

According to Ms. Philaikul, her husband had slipped at the edge of the pool, knocking his head on the side. Friends swimming at the time struggled to pull Mr. Takens from the water, however, they were unable to resuscitate him.

The deceased body has now been sent to the Forensic Science Institute for a post-mortem examination, while a police report has been filed and the Dutch Embassy informed.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Community News

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