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Two Teenagers Drowned after Two Local Boats Refuse to Assist

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the boat operators said they didn't help the two boys because they have been fooled several times by kids who pretended to drown and ask for help

http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2014/04/25/1000-baht-fine-those-who-ignored-drowning-teens
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Footage has emerged of two boys who drowned yesterday in the Chao Phraya River, after two local boats refused to assist them.

Bang Kho Laem district authorities discovered the bodies of Raya Puangsatorn, 13, and Sarin Sae-kwong, 20, who drowned near the Pasi Pier in Khlong Toey district yesterday afternoon.

According to their friend, 16-year-old Pongsatorn Pongprayoon, the three boys met by the river to swim and get relief from the heat. Raya jumped in the river first, but as he swam, he could not keep up with the rapid water.

The two other boys dived into the river to help their friend, but all of them found it difficult to survive on their own, according to Sanook. Two local boats passed by as the boys were drowning, and Pongsatorn, the only survivor, said he called for help, only to be ignored.

Just after the boats had passed, Raya and Sarin drowned as Pongsatorn swam back to the shore, unable to help his friends.

The whole accident was filmed and released online. The video is being heavily criticized online in Thailand as netizens condemned the local boat operators, and worse, the person who sat there filming them die, and did nothing.

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Added: Apr-23-2014 
By: nveuro78
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Tags: teenager, drowned, thailand
Location: Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand (load item map)
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