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HM the King recognises Krabi ‘hero’ after 2015 mud rescue

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His Majesty the King has sent a gift and necessities to a local fisherman whose rescue of two foreign birdwatchers stuck in mud in 2015 went viral on social media.

Captain Khumsup Iamsri, an officer attached to the King’s royal villa, represented the King to visit 47 year old Chat Ubonjinda at his house on Khu Muang road in Tambon Pak Nam of Muang district.

Read the original Thaiger report HERE.

On October 16, 2015, Chat was fishing in Krabi River when he spotted a Norwegian couple stuck in thigh-high mud and saved them by letting them step on him to get out. Once they were safe, he got in his boat and left.

Someone took a video of the rescue and posted it online, resulting in a search to find the hero. Chat received widespread praise at the time with netizens describing him as a ‘hero’.

Chat and his family said they felt very appreciative of the King’s kindness.

 

 

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