Volunteer rescuer dies after attempting to save life in Ayutthaya

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A member of the Ayutthaya Ruam Jai Rescue Team died after performing CPR on a patient in the early hours of this morning. The cause of his death is currently under investigation.

A fellow member of the rescue team, Panya Choomanee, spoke to Channel 7 today about the death of his friend, 45 year old Somsak Sisue.

At 3am today, Somsak joined the team to help a worker at a manufacturing plant in the Rojana Industrial Park. The worker lost consciousness and needed CPR. Somsak worked tirelessly to administer CPR to the patient until the medical team from Uthai Hospital arrived at the scene. However, the hospital team confirmed that the patient had already passed away and left the site.

While the rescue team was preparing to transfer the patient’s body to his family, Somsak suddenly collapsed on the ground with blood coming out of his nose.

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The rest of the team immediately administered CPR to Somsak and contacted the hospital team that had just left the scene to return. However, Somsak passed away on the way to the hospital.

Currently, the cause of his death remains unknown and an autopsy is being conducted at Thammasat University Hospital in Prathum Thani province.

Panya disclosed that Somsak was a motorcycle taxi driver by profession and had been a volunteer with the team for over 15 years. He was always eager to assist the team whenever he was free. Panya also mentioned that Somsak had an underlying medical condition that could have contributed to his sudden death.

Panya expressed his deep sorrow and conveyed the team’s condolences to Somsak’s family. Somsak’s death was the third that the team had experienced recently. Two other rescuers, 25 year old Nattawut Lomgun and 24 year old Phanu Baanyaem, died four weeks ago.

They two drowned while diving in the Pasak River to search for a lost boat propeller. Unfortunately, they did not realize the area was close to the river pumping station and they were sucked into the pipe and drowned.

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