At 4:00 PM, on October 30th, 2023, the Phetchabun local media reported that an oarsman drowned to death during the traditional long boat racing event at Thung Thong Chai Temple, Lom Kao, Phetchabun.
Mr. Chamrat Phudklong, the Mayor of Lom Kao Subdistrict, publicly stated that an oarsman Mr. Worakit Kankiao, 18, attempted to swim across the river with excitement after winning 4th place in the event.
The traditional long boat racing event was also held after the End of Buddhist Lent Day (Ok Punsa).
However, after the 2nd attempt, Worakit suddenly sank under the water for quite a long time. The audience had no idea if Worakit was diving playfully or drowned. After waiting for some time and there was no sight of Woraki, the audience and his friends panicked and called a water rescue team for help as nobody took a risk to help Worakit.
Unfortunately, the rescue team found Worakit and retrieved his body successfully in less than an hour. TPN News expresses condolences to Mr. Worakit’s family for the tragic incident.