“Corpse” floating in Bangkok canal turns out to be old man meditating

Onlookers rightly called the police when they saw a stiff body floating along a murky Bangkok canal. In a frenzy, dozens of people were shouting from the canal side, but the floating man did not respond. Everyone thought he was dead. Until…

A brave man jumped into the canal and waded through the mud to check whether the floating man was alive or not. As soon he touched the “corpse” it woke up…

“We thought he was already dead! Everyone was shouting but he was not moving,” said rescuer worker Sommat Promvok.

“When someone tried to pull him out of the water, he suddenly talked. He said he was only meditating.”

As chaos ensued around him, the elderly man was in such a strong meditative trance that he showed no signs of life until someone physically tried to pull him out of the canal.

An ambulance arrived at the scene and the man was given a health check. Although elderly, the man was found to be in tip top shape and sober. So, the medical workers sent him home.

The rescue workers did give him one piece of advice: perhaps find a better place to meditate.

Surprisingly, this is not the first time a “dead body” floating in one of Thailand’s canals has come “back to life.” In 2019, rescue workers were called to retrieve a dead body from a canal in Chai Nat province in central Thailand.

When rescue workers approached him, 30 year old Amnat Fannang opened his eyes, giving rescue workers the shock of their life.

Amnat said he got drunk and passed out asleep in the canal at 3am. Rescue workers were sure he was dead…

“Usually when I see someone lying like that, they’re definitely dead… In my 10 years of work, I have never seen anything like this. This is the first case. He was very still for two, three hours.”

The Thaiger advises our readers never to meditate, sleep or swim in Bangkok’s canals. The dirty water is full of fungus and bacteria that can cause serious infections and illnesses.

SOURCE: Thailand News

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.