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2-year-old boy drowns at Pattaya pool villa on Valentine’s night

A PHOTOGRAPHER and his wife are heartbroken after their two-year-old son drowned in the swimming pool of a villa in Pattaya they had rented for a photo shoot on Valentine’s night, Sanook.com said this evening (Feb. 15).

Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation’s rescue unit quickly got to the villa in Soi Pratumnak 4, Pattaya City, at 10 p.m. last night where they saw the boy’s parents standing near the entrance and holding his naked body.

The rescue team tried to revive him with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as the parents wailed uncontrollably before he was taken to the Pattaya City Hospital.

They found out that the boy’s father is a photographer who had brought his wife and son for a photo shoot there on Valentine’s Day with all other details withheld.

The hospital’s medical team did their best to save the small boy’s life but were unsuccessful with this being a warning to parents to be careful when they take small children to stay at places with swimming pools.

Later Mr. Prawit Boonmachai, 40, a rescuer at this foundation said he gave the boy first aid and CPR but they had to wait for the ambulance to take him to the hospital because they cannot themselves move the victim in such circumstances.

While pumping his heart for 10 minutes the boy remained unconscious because there was a lot of water in his stomach but some of the water and food particles did come out through his mouth.

He added that he did his best to save his life and upon enquiring the parents told him that he was in the water for around 10 minutes but the examination of his body revealed that he would have been in there till his body floated to the surface.

He added that this is not the first time a child has drowned in a swimming pool while on holiday and parents have to bring someone along to watch their children closely because a small oversight can lead to death.


Top and Home Page: Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation rescuers trying to save the boy’s life. The Thai headline says, “Child drowns at pool villa and dies.”

Insert: Mr. Prawit Boonmachai giving details of the rescue operation. Photos: Sanook.com

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