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Briton’s Thai wife drowns in Chiang Mai creek after heavy rain

A BRITISH engineer is mourning the death of his Thai wife who was swept away by fiercely flowing waters of a creek that rose very high after heavy rain in Chiang Mai last night and after a long search her body was found four kilometres away late this morning (Sept. 12), Amarin TV said.

Ms Sathitporn Srikram, 54, a former structural design engineer, fell into Huai Mae Lai creek in Huai Kaeo subdistrict, Mae On district, last night while trying to collect a chair by the bank. 

Her British husband, Mr. Michael Peter Brown, 62, a structural engineer for water supply systems, joined the search for her with officials. The rescue team had sailed through the creek on two rubber boats with others walking along the banks for five kilometres.

However at 1.15 a.m. this morning they halted the search because it became too dangerous for the team.

Late this morning her body was found four kilometres away at Pa Miang subdistrict, Doi Saket district, and was taken to  Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for an autopsy.

Acquaintances said the couple had lived together for over 20 years and built a house at the spot where Sathitporn fell into the creek and died. None of them expected something like this to happen.

Meanwhile the Thai Meteorological Department issued an update on tropical depression Conson saying that at 4 p.m. Thai time it had reached Vietnam’s Quang Ngai coast and was slowly moving in a west-northwest direction.

It is expected to downgrade into a low pressure cell over Vietnam. 

Isolated heavy rain is forecast in the Northeast and the East of Thailand with affected provinces being as follows: Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Kalasin, Amnat Charoen, Yasothon, Roi Et, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Saket, Ubon Ratchathani, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

A southwesterly monsoon also prevails over the Andaman Sea, southern Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand triggering strong wind and waves as high as two to three metres in the Andaman Sea and two metres in the Upper Gulf but reaching three metres during a thunderstorm. 

All ships were told to sail with caution and keep away from thunderstorms while small boats should stay ashore till Tuesday September 14.


Top: Brown joined the rescue team in searching for his wife.

Home Page: The spot where  Sathitporn’s body was found. Both photos: Amarin TV


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